February 26, 2010

Pumpkin Prawn

Checking my veggies a few days back, I found that the leftover piece of Pumpkin had to be cooked today. The other day I cooked pumpkin with potato. That day I wanted to cook something different. I checked my veggie department and found a few florets of cauliflower were left behind. There were lots more vegetables storing around but nothing else helped me look happy except the cauliflower. Suddenly it just struck my mind about the event going on cooking dishes with the Fenugreek seeds. In every Bengali kitchen storing Fenugreek or Methi Seeds are a must. Whether in cooking or in beauty care or healing an illness, these seeds are  well known and helpful source of all. So I took the pumpkin, the cauliflower and grab few frozen ready to cook Prawns, and took an attempt to prepare this different kind of dish from my own. I no need to say that the dish was a great success as my two dearest one finished it in no time. Here is the recipe as follows:-


Pumpkin (cut in to medium sized cubes) - 3 cups
Cauliflower (cut in to medium sized florets) – 2 cups
Potato (cut in to medium sized cubes) - 1 medium size
Prawn (medium size) - As per your wish
Fenugreek Seeds- ½ tea spoon
Ginger paste- 1 tea spoon
Turmeric Powder- ¼ tea spoon
Cumin Powder- ¼ tea spoon
Coriander Powder- ¼ tea spoon
Green Chilly- As per your taste
Coriander Leaves-  ½ cup chopped
Salt and Sugar - As per your taste
Oil- 3 table spoon (you can make it less or more)
Water- ½ cup (approx)


• Raw pumpkin takes much time than the ripe one. So before cooking pls took a look which pumpkin you have bought.
• If you are using the raw Prawns then add little bit turmeric and salt. Then fry it first and keep aside. Add them when the water starts to boil along with the veggies. (See the Method)


  • Heat the oil till it gets fully hot. Temper with the Fenugreek seeds and add the potato. (Don’t let the seeds burn or turn black, otherwise it will leave a bitter taste that bitterness will also be added to the other ingredients. So just after adding the seeds to the pan add the potato).

  • Fry the Potato for 2/3mnts then add the Cauliflower and the Pumpkin (if the pumpkin is raw. If you have the ripe one then put when the other veggies are fully fried). Let them fry till they turn light brown.

  • Then add the ginger paste. Cook for a minute then add the other spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander powder). Add one or two table spoon water. Sauté until the spices and the veggies mixes up well. Add salt and sugar, mix all well then add the remaining water. Cover with a lid and simmer it low flame till the water get dry and the veggies get soft and tender. Keep on checking whether more water is needed or not. (If you are using raw Prawns add it here when the water starts to boil).

  • Add the ready to cook Prawns and the Green chilly. Sauté for a couple of minutes more so that prawns start to leave its own taste. Add the coriender leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.

• Curry leaves can be added while tempering, then the aromatic smell of leaves will add more taste to the dish. I was running off at that time of cooking, otherwise I will surely use it.


• Apart from other benefits (you can get the information from the Denufood blog), Fenugreek seeds are very good for Hair Care. Grind the seeds and put in the Coconut oil. Let them soak overnight and then it can be used as long as one wishes. It supplies nutrition to the hair, which helps the hair to grow fast and fall less.

I was not able to resist myself without thanking the Food Event Hosts. Participating in the events are really enjoyable and interesting. It helps to get in touch with so many talented cooks and to be introduced with the world of delectable recipes. But apart from all these it is actually helping and inspiring us to cook different kind of dishes very creatively. It is bringing out the potentiality of a cook and also of a creative personality which are sometimes buried under so many worldly works that we forget about our hidden talents. Thank You all Event Hosts and let the spirit of cooking touch the summit.

I am sending this recipe to the event Cooking With Seeds - Fenugreek Seeds ,hosted by DenuFood and announced by Priya


Sayantani said...

eta amar khub fav akta dish. ami abosyo anek sobji die banai oi jetake panchmisheli bole. chobita khub sundor. haram garam ruti die Ahhhh.

SE said...

very unusual combo for me...but sounds interesting..thanks for sending it to the event !

Silence Sings said...

Thanks to both of u....:)

Silence Sings said...

Thanks to both of u....:)

Raka said...

Wao..this combination is totally new for me...

Silence Sings said...

Thanks Raka...