By Nmami Agarwal
Navratri!! A festival that ropes in too many healthy foods which on one side takes note of your nutrient make up while on the other hand maintains the religious purity.
In effort to provide you healthy recipes, shaped entirely to fit in the religious fervour, I here provide you one more such dish which adds colour to your plate without compromising the nutritional benefit.
Pumpkin (kaddu):They are nutrient dense and rich in vitamins and minerals.The potassium contained within them are beneficial for maintenance of blood pressure.It also have antioxidants that could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes. It is one among the best source of beta-carotene that offer protection against asthma and heart disease, and delay aging and body degeneration.
Coconut Sugar: It is a good natural alternative to your refined table sugar, made from coconut palm sap. Iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with antioxidants is the notable nutrient composition of coconut sugar. It is also low on the glycemic index (GI) which is a measure about how quickly certain foods raise your blood sugar level.
- Yellow pumpkin (kaddu)- 60g
- Coconut sugar- 1 tspn
- To taste, seeds of cardamoms (elaichi)- 3
- Poppy seeds- ½ tspn
- Saffron – dissolved in hot water- 1 tspn
- Ghee- 1 tspn
- Chironji- 1 tspn
- Raisins (kishmish)- 1 tspn
- 1 silver leaf (vark)
- Green pistachios – blanched and sliced- 1 tspn
Course: Evening Tea
Calories: 165 kcal
- Peel & cut pumpkin into small pieces.
- Wash and clean, the poppy seeds well.
- Take the pumpkin in a cooker with ¼ cup water, heat and give 2 whistles.
- Put off the heat.
- Now take the cooked pumpkin in a kadhai and mash it.
- Add the poppy seeds, cardamom seeds and saffron (all crushed).
- Cook on medium heat till the water evaporates and the pumpkin turns less watery.
- Add the coconut sugar and stir till dry.
- Cook, stirring for 5 minutes.
- Cook for 10 minutes on low heat to get a rich brown colour, after adding ghee to it.
- Add raisins and chironji and mix well.
- Serve hot, garnished with vark & pistachios.
Over to you:
This Kaddu Halwa takes care of your taste buds very carefully and at the same time maintains the religious purity of the festival. Enjoy the delicacy.