Curried Pumpkin Puree

    55 minutes

    This recipe has an exotic flavour thanks to a simple seasoning of fenugreek seeds and turmeric, two magic spices. Fenugreek seeds have a distinctive aroma reminiscent of curry. For variety, you could substitute orange sweet potato, carrot or parsnip for the pumpkin.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ground fenugreek seeds (see Note)
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    • pinch of cayenne pepper
    • 600 g peeled butternut pumpkin, cut into 4-cm chunks
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat.
    2. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until softened but not coloured, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the fenugreek seeds, turmeric and cayenne. Stir for a few seconds until fragrant. Add the pumpkin and water. Stir to coat. Return to a simmer, then cook, covered, over medium-low heat until the pumpkin is very tender, 25 to 30 minutes. (Add a little additional water, if necessary.)
    3. Mash the pumpkin coarsely with a potato masher. Stir in the lemon juice.

    ingredient note

    If you're using whole fenugreek seeds, grind them in a spice mill (a coffee grinder reserved for spices works well).

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    This is amazingly good. The only thing I added extra was water and mustard seeds (or maybe caraway, not sure lol) and a little sea salt but not much. So tasty - we'll be making it again and passing this recipe on.  -  02 Dec 2010