Potato-peas curry with pumpkin parathas…

by Sunita on April 12, 2007

There always seems to be something waiting to be saved in my pantry. Like the piece of pumpkin lying in the fridge, which needs quite some space and have to be adjusted this way and that to fit in. It’s not that I do not like to cook with them…but this particular one looked so sad and unappetising that I did’nt feel like using it for some time. All pumpkins do not have the same sweet taste and this one fitted the description. Actually Dinesh bought it…very enthusiastically…he loves it and I did’nt want to disappoint him on his judgement of vegetables. In the end, I decided to give this underdog a chance. I boiled it with some potatoes, mashed and mixed with flour and spinach to make a dough and turned them into parathas…served them with a potato and peas curry and fresh salad. Well, no one complained and that was another unwanted ingredient put to good use. All’s well that ends well.

The potato-peas curry-

What’s needed-

3C of green peas
2 potatoes, peeled, chopped and boiled
1 onion, chopped
2 pods of garlic, chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tomato, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 whole cardamoms
1/2 inch cinnamon stick
salt to taste
2 tblsp cooking oil

How to-

Heat oil in a pan. Add the bay leaf, whole red chilli,cardamom,cinnamon and cumin seeds. When they splutter and begin to leave a nice aroma, add the onion and garlic and saute till the onion is translucent. Add the tomatoes, turmeric and cumin powders and cook over low heat.

When the tomatoes are mushy, add the potatoes and stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the peas and salt and cook till they are done.

Add a glass of water to make the gravy and mash a few pieces of potatoes to thicken it. Increase the heat and simmer for two minutes.

Add the garam masala powder and after simmering for another minute, remove from heat.
The pumpkin paratha-

What’s needed-

1/4 of a medium sized pumpkin
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
a handful of fresh spinach leaves, chopped
4 cups of chappati flour
3 tblsp of oil and some more for cooking
salt to taste

How to-

Boil the pumpkin and potatoes. Strain the water, add the spinach and salt and mash them together.

Add the flour and oil and knead into a dough. If the dough gets too tough, add some water, but not too much.

Make small balls out of the dough and roll out into thick parathas.

Heat a pan and grease it. Add a rolled paratha over low heat. After a few seconds, gently turn it over. Cook on the other side and turn a few more times until brown specks appear. Repeat for all the balls.

Serve hot! Can rub some butter or ghee if desired.
As mentioned, we had our parathas with the above curry and salad!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha April 12, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Sunita,plate of dinner looks great girl.I specially loved the pumpkin aloo parathas.Yum!Thanks for the recipe.


2 Sig April 13, 2007 at 1:22 am

Wow Sunita, you are one of those creative types, huh? :) Each one of your recipes is something special!


3 sunita April 13, 2007 at 7:48 am

Asha, you ‘re most welcome…

Sig, creative or not, I just love to play around with the ingredients …sometimes I really do’nt know what to call them…a mish of this and a mash of that…


4 Cynthia April 13, 2007 at 11:08 am

I like the idea of that paratha Sunita. I trust that I can use the same recipe and play around with other vegetables for the paratha?

You are some creative cook! Keep going.


5 Seema April 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Sunita, Very creative parathas. Pumkin in parathas sounds great. I am sure the slight sweetish taste of the pumpkin would be wonderful.


6 sunita April 13, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Cynthia,of course you can…do give it a try…and thanks for the pat on the back…


7 sunita April 13, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Hi Seema,that is exactly the taste that came out of the parathas…thanks for dropping by.


8 Vcuisine April 14, 2007 at 4:54 am

Pumpkin parathas are quite new. Nice spread. Viji


9 sunita April 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Viji, they came out quite nice actually…can try it…


10 musical April 16, 2007 at 6:36 am

I love this idea of Pumpkin parathas. Given that i am a paratha fan-am totaly going to try this one.


11 sunita April 16, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Musical, do go on and try it…tastes yummmm….


12 ANJALI J. April 24, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Sunita, you have a nice blog and good collection of recipes.. great stuff to read.. 1st time at ur blog. I have to find out more delicious recipes from ur blog


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