Red Beans and Red Pumpkin Curry

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I made this curry on a whim last evening. I used whatever ingredients I had on hand that needed attention, threw them together and made this yummy tasting curry. In my defense, most usually I plan our dinner in advance as I can be prepared about tasks to do in the evening. If you ask me, the most daunting task about cooking is the planning part, making something that is easy, healthy and which everybody in the family likes.

Anyway, I do my planning usually while driving to or back from work. Now that is the time of the day when I get my “me” time and allows me to do some work, home related planning, dinner planning and even devious ways of nagging my husband!

OK, so yesterday based on my planning I had ideas for making Aloo Baingan ki sabji. But then when I got home and I looked at medium piece of pumpkin demanding attention and some soaked small red beans to do God knows what :-). So I changed my initial plans and put these two together to make this semi-dry curry.

If you like the sweetish taste of cooked pumpkin in medium hot onion-ginger gravy then this is a good curry to make. Substitute small read beans with any other bean of choice. You could also add some spinach to make this more nutritious. Easy to make and pairs well with Rotis or also plain rice or yogurt rice.

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  • 2 cups of cubed red pumpkin/ Kaddu in Hindi
  • Handful of small red beans (dried/canned) [ Any other bean of choice can be used]
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • Curry leaves
  • Mustard seeds
  • Red chilli powder
  • 2 pinches Turmeric (haldi)
  • Oil, salt
  • handful chopped coriander leaves (garnishing)

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  • Note: If using dried beans, then soak it overnight. Cook it/ pressure cook it until it is soft but not mushy. Retain the water.
  • Boil the chopped pumpkin, along with salt in sufficient amount of water separately either in the microwave or the stovetop. Make sure it is not overcooked, there should still be a crunch and bite to it.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves until it splutters.
  • Add the chopped onions, ginger and sauté until the onion gets transparent.
  • Add the turmeric, chilli powder, salt and mix well.
  • Add the boiled pumpkin, red beans, cooked water and allow it to blend together on medium flame. Do not cook for a long time else the pumpkin will disintegrate.
  • Finally garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot with rice or rotis.
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  1. Laavanya says:

    You are so right about the planning being the more difficult part when it comes to cooking. i tend to operate better when I know what needs tobe done than just bringing things together last minute.

    Not a big fan of yellow pumpkin beacuse of the sweetness but this sounds like a nice combination.

  2. madhu says:

    Those beans almost looks like peanuts..:). I cook with just the pumpkins, nice idea to add some beans with it.Color and combo looks great.

  3. nithya praveen says:

    Sometimes we end up with great dish without having any idea abt it in mind:).Must say it looks great.Jes like Madhu when i first looked at the pics, i thot they were peanuts.Nice one.

  4. shankari says:

    You have created an awesome dish. I just made a pumpkin dip recently from a Jewish cookbook. I was skeptical, but with the right spices, pumpkin do taste good!

  5. Miri says:

    I usually don’t like pumpkin cooked as a vegetable because it turns sweet, but the beans look like an interesting addition! thanks

  6. Radhika Vasanth says:

    I have always been so messy about planning especially when it comes to preparing the dinner meal 🙂 Your unplanned pumpkin and red bean curry looks beautiful and sumptuous.

  7. Usha says:

    What an intriguing idea and it has turned out so beautifully ! I agree I often feel the most difficult part about dinner is the planning, once I plan what to make actually making it seems so much simpler 🙂

  8. ujwal says:

    Hey thats an interesting combinations..I love the taste of pumpkin..Loved the pics as usual..BTW I cannot stick plan what to cook ahead… I think of doing something very special and then end up doing something simple coz of laziness 😀

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