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10 Most Cooked Pumpkin Recipes

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10 Most Cooked Pumpkin Recipes

Here's a list of our 10 most cooked pumpkin recipes.

Every season is pumpkin season, as far as we're concerned. And contrary to popular belief - pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween decorations. From Asia to the Middle East and from Greece to France, cuisines all over the world use pumpkin in a variety of ways. Perhaps it's because there's no end to what you can make with this sweet and savoury squash that is just so versatile.

Wholesome muffins, scrumptious smoothies, delicious pies — if it has pumpkin in it, rest assured the dish will definitely be divine. Its natural sweetness adds to the flavour of baked goods minus the guilt. You could also offset the sweetness of pumpkin and pair it with thyme, basil, coriander, crumbled cheese and spices like nutmeg or ginger to spruce up your usual risotto or curry.

Step-by-Step Guide to Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

1. Size Matters: While small pumpkins are better for culinary purposes, medium-sized pumpkins are best for carving.

2. Knock On The Shell: Ripe pumpkins always make a hollow sound, so search for pumpkins that have thicker walls.

3.  Pick It Up: Choose a pumpkin that is hard to touch, feels heavy and is without any brown spots or blemishes.

4. Press Down: With a thumbnail, press the bottom of the pumpkin. A ripe pumpkin has a firm shell and does not scratch easily.

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All About Pumpkin Seeds

Cutting up a pumpkin? Don’t toss out the seeds, they are truly a gift from nature. They are rich in iron, loaded with vitamins, high in zinc and contain heart healthy magnesium, anti-diabetic properties and tryptophan for restful sleep amongst others. If that wasn’t enough - pumpkin seeds also help in detoxification as they are alkaline in nature and full of antioxidants. It would be a shame to throw them away.

Wondering how to include them in your diet? Roast them for 20 minutes for a healthy snack and sprinkle with salt - exactly what you need to keep your energy up through the day. You can even add them to your salad dressings, enjoy them in your cookies or toss them up with your greens for that extra crunch.

(Pumpkin Seeds: Rich in Protein, Fibre and Natural Oils)

Tips to Cut a Pumpkin: With the help of the ridges on the pumpkin, cut it into wedges. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy fibers. Then place the pumpkin flat and use a sharp knife to carefully remove the skin from each wedge.

From breakfast to dessert, and everything in between, we bring you our 10 best pumpkin recipes that will have you running to the kitchen.

1. Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Start your day with a burst of pumpkin flavour and the goodness of feta. These mouth-watering muffins make for a perfect snack on-the-go and will keep you going until it’s time for lunch.
 
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2. Pumpkin and Potato Vegetable
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

Cook up a storm in the kitchen and enjoy pumpkin for lunch. Stir with potatoes, season with chaat masala and you’re good to go.
 
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3. Pumpkin Oats Cake
User Recipe by Purva Vivek Sawant

When you can’t get your mind off dessert but don’t want to go overboard with calories, it’s our pumpkin and oats cake to the rescue! Spiced with nutmeg and grated jaggery, each slice of this scrumptious cake provides an entire day’s worth of vitamin A.
 
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4. Roast Pumpkin Soup
Recipe by Chef Joey Matthew

A comforting bowl of this soul-stirring soup is just what you need to curl up with on a cold evening. Spruce it up with some croutons, and voila. (Umm, yum!)
 
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5. Pumpkin and Spinach Pie
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Have an upcoming dinner party? Skip the classic pumpkin pie and make this savoury version instead. Cooked with spinach and baked to perfection, this recipe is sure to draw recipe requests.
 
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6. Baked Pumpkin
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

You are in for a real treat with this freshly baked pumpkin recipe. Top it off with coriander, thyme and a handful of red chillies. Tip: Serve with a fillet of fish for a low-calorie dinner.
 
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7. Pumpkin Halwa
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

If you’re craving a sweet treat towards the end of the night – this exotic halwa is just the ticket. Top it off with roasted coconut, fragrant cinnamon, crunchy almonds and go straight to foodie heaven.
 
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8. Pumpkin Oambhal
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

Cooked with the sweetness of jaggery and the tanginess of tamarind, all it takes is 30 minutes to make this absolute crowd-pleaser.
 
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9. Erissery
Recipe by Chef Ambili Kurian

Pumpkin pairs well with coconut in this traditional Kerala dish. So delicious, you’ll have everyone asking for seconds!
 
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10. Hing Roasted Pumpkin
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

A winner for everyone at the dinner table – whip up this fragrant and easy-to-follow recipe of baked pumpkin pieces doused with a delicious yoghurt dressing.

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