Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pumpkin Chunks in Garlic Spiced Coconut Cream

Pumpkin chunks in garlic spiced coconut cream
This is a re-post of my previous post pumpkin curry in April this year. Ever since I started focusing on improving my food photos, I've felt I should replace all my previous posts with basic compact camera.  Re-posting all of them with new improved photos will take time. One of them for which I just replaced the photos has become a great hit and now is the most popular post - Eggplant Curry.

Pumpkin curry, eggplant curry, and a leafy vegetable stir fry served with rice as a main meal, along with crunchy papadams and curd chili would be a perfect authentic Sri Lankan lunch. Hot and sour taste of eggplant curry goes well with this sweet garlic spiced pumpkin chunks and rice. It’s one of my favorite combinations of curries with rice.
Pumpkin chunks in garlic spiced coconut cream
Pumpkin is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenes. Also it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron. 

In this curry I’ve cooked them with skin, that’s how authentic Sri Lankan pumpkin curry is made and it tastes good with skin. At home they also make simple stir-fry dish with diced pumpkin.
Pumpkin chunks in garlic spiced coconut cream

Print Recipe here
Serves 3-4

2 tbsp Indian sesame oil
1 red onion diced
4 garlic gloves diced
2 green chilies diced
Few curry leaves
1 tsp of each fenugreek, mustard and fennel seeds
250g Pumpkin cut into chunks with skin
Pinch of turmeric powder
1 tsp crushed black pepper
1 tsp tamarind paste
1 tbsp curry powder
200ml coconut cream
400ml water

For Garnishing
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Few curry leaves
4-5 garlic cloves, sliced


Heat oil in a large pan, sauté onion, garlic, green chili and curry leaves until they are aromatic. Stir in fennel, mustard, fenugreek seeds, followed by pumpkin chunks.

Season pumpkin chunks with turmeric powder, black pepper, tamarind paste, curry powder and salt to taste. Stir well till pumpkin chunks are coated with spices.

Add coconut cream, 400 ml water, mix well and cook covering the lid for 5-10 minutes till pumpkin is soft.

Ladle this curry into a dish and garnish with stir fried curry leaves and garlic slices.

I usually serve this curry with Thai red rice (Low glycemic) or white rice. You can also serve as a side for any type of breads, Indian flat breads or Sri Lankan pittu or Sri Lankan string hoppers.

Pumpkin chunks in garlic spiced coconut cream


  1. Oh great! That's a healthy way to spice up our good old pumpkins.

  2. The dish looks wonderful. I think you photos are perfect too. I hope to get a new (better) camera too. I will have to go back and re-do many dishes myself.

  3. Thanks for your feedback, i really appreciate feedback for my photos.

  4. Mmm, definately want to make this. What kind of pumpkins are those that the skin is green? At first I thought you added zucchini. Thanks Mo

  5. In malaysia it's called japanese pumpkin, it has dark green skin and once cooked it has mild sweetness and texture is like mashed potatoes, very mushy. Hope u can get them in your country.

  6. Fantastic recipe! Looks amazing, and a must try :)

  7. Thank you very much, hope u'd try it out ..... May I know ur name?

  8. Just chanced upon your blog Ami. Loved the photographs and the posts. It is always interesting to see the variations that take place in recipes across regions...; loved this pumpkin curry. We have similar versions in Kerala; the traditional recipes avoid onions and garlic.

  9. I am so making this during the weekend! Sounds absolutely delicious...will let you know how it comes out.

  10. Hi Ami, as planned I made this yesterday. It was so delicious...will definitely be repeating it soon! Thanks for the recipe.


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