We've explained why eating pumpkin is good for you. So, if you have bought enough pumpkin to feed a whole village, we bring you the final chapter of the Pumpkin Promenade de YAMU - How to Eat Your Pumpkin (without making a curry, of course).
(Click on the link under the picture to get to the recipe.)
While Hummus isn't necessarily a staple in SL, it's not known to be completely out of the culinary scene here either. At any rate, making hummus out of your pumpkin just might be the key to a very long albeit healthy romance with this delightful vegetable.
Covered in salt, grease or ketchup, we all love fries. So, why not give them the chance to salvage a name for being healthy and go with an option that you can eat completely guilt free. Well, not completely, there's still oil, but do we really mind?
Maybe we're being stereotypical, but, one thing I've realized is that the word 'quiche' isn't something that you'd hear in most Sri Lankan kitchens -regardless of whether they have an oven or not. Nevertheless, Quiches are every leftover freaks' haven. And pumpkin can be a very good ingredient to add to this cocktail-of-leftover-dish because not only does it recover lots of space, but it also gives a delicate sweetness to this dish making it much, much better.
Here's something that we're all pretty familiar with. Whether it be with a heap of other veggies or if it's just straight up just pumpkin and chicken, pumpkin soup is already a favourite in most Lankan households. It's perfectly understandable really - smooth, filling and all in all the best kind of comfort food you'll find at home when you're sick.
Strangely, mashed potato is a very popular dish here. Pumpkin mash is essentially the exact same thing of the aforesaid, just with a far easier base to puree and cream. So, why not?
No matter how many pumpkins we buy, Sri Lankans never really use the pumpkin seeds. Most of us just tend to chuck it out without much thought. It's pretty sad when you think about it. Pumpkin seeds can be very useful in terms of being healthy snacks - like peanuts!
As strange as it sounds, pumpkin in chapati (or any roti for that matter) just might make a lot of sense. Accompanied by a whole stream of spices to zip up the whole thing, pumpkin parata seems like a pretty good way to go. Especially if you generally like to jazz up your everyday rotis.
We here at YAMU have made carrot halwa but, substitute the carrot with some pumpkin et voila! you've got healthy-ish dessert!
And now, we have the roasted pumpkin wedges. Delicately caramelised on the outside and having a consistency of melted butter on the inside, roasted pumpkin wedges are as easy as a peach to make and is perfect with practically anything.
There you have it, everyone. A whole bunch of ways to eat your pumpkin without sticking to the same old pumpkin soup/ curry every day.
Furthermore, if you do happen to try any of these, let us know how it goes.
A cute little outdoor cafe in Kohuwala serving up some fantastic Thai cuisine.
A new catering service offering flavourful, homemade rice & curry.
The Kings is the lobby bar of The Kingsbury hotel.
Maha Gedara is a popular buth kadey in Mount Lavinia.