Monday, October 01, 2012

Sweet and sour pumpkin-- a guest post

Hello everyone! As you all know I am having my very first event of guest posts, and today's post is by Sanoli from Sanoli's kitchen  and she  is my first guest. Read on in her own words about herself and the recipe she is sharing.


Dear friends,

Before introducing myself, I would like to say I am honoured and very happy to be a guest of my favorite blog Meena Bhatia’s ‘ Random ramblings . According to me it is a nice and perfect Indian vegetarian recipe blog. I am quite sure, you all will agree with me. Each post presented in interesting manner with amazing clicks. Hats off to you, for your hard job Meena. Three cheers to Meena!

Now something about me, I am Sanoli, living in United States. Presently full time homemaker, I am a foodie and I like to cook in different ways, like to do constant experiments on that. Yes, you can say, cooking is my passion. I had an opportunity to live different parts of India as well as abroad for my job or with my husband to get a chance to mix up with different cultures as well as cuisines. I like fusion foods as well as authentic Indian foods. I am very newcomer in this blogging world. This is my first guest post, I never did any guest post before it, so little nervous, don’t know you people will like my simple recipe or not. This sweet and sour pumpkin is easy and simple Indian vegetarian dish, which quite satisfied our tastebuds. So, I am confident enough to share this recipe here.

Pumpkin has a large content of trace elements and vitamins. It is advisable to use the pumpkin with any cardiovascular diseases, with edemas, anaemia and obesity.

Pumpkin originated from the Greek word ‘pepon’, which means large melon. British changed to ‘pumpion’ and later the colonist of Americans changed to the word what we call today, is pumpkin.

This is an exceptionally delicious dish, cooked salty, tangy, sweet and spicy altogether makes it very delightful. Dry mango powder and lime juice give a tangy taste and sugar / jaggery gives a flavorful sweetness, which goes excellent with rotis, puris or parathas.


0.5 lb / 225 gm Yellow Pumpkin
½ tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)
½ tsp Fennel seeds (saunf)
1/3 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
1 Whole dry red Chili (sukhi lal mirchi)
¼ tsp Asafoetida (hing)
1/3 tsp Turmeric powder
½ tsp Red chili powder
½ tsp Coriander powder
½ tsp minced Ginger
½ tsp freshly pounded Garam masala
2/3 tsp Dry Mango powder (Amchur)
1 tbsp Lime juice
1 tbsp Sugar/jaggery
1 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
1 tbsp Clarified Butter + 1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

Peel and wash pumpkin. Cut in small cubes.

Heat clarified butter and oil in a wok. Add dry red chilli, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida in it. Saute for 40-50 seconds.

At this time, add turmeric powder, minced ginger and pumpkin cubes in it. Stir for 2 minutes, then add coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and salt in it. Keep covered and cook for 10 minutes on medium low heat. Stir occasionally.

Now add sugar, mango powder and lime juice in it. Fold nicely for 2 minutes. Switch off heat now. (This time pumpkin becomes soft and tender. Don’t over cook, else pumpkin will melt.)

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy this dish with hot rotis, parathas or puris.

TIPS: In this recipe, pumpkin becomes soft and tender. Don’t over cook, else pumpkin will melt.


Thank you Sanoli for a wonderful and yummy recipe. Friends hope you like this and do comment more to appreciate this dish. Also check her blog for more varieties. 

Those who would like to be part of this event, kindly click on the Join my event link at left side bar. Hope to hear from everyone.


  1. wonderful guest post.. Delicious dish..

  2. Really too happy to see my recipe on your space Meena. Thanks a lot dear.

  3. sweet and sour pumkpin looks delicious and interesting dish dish to try....congrats on your first guest post sanoli Ghosh....

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  4. Thanks Meena and Sanoli, Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Good and easy recipe.

  5. Looks good :) But, I don't like :D

  6. Lovely post, congrats to the host and cook :)

    Cook like Priya

    1. thank you all for liking this and thanks to sanoli also for lovely dish

    2. Thanks Meena for giving me such opportunity to be you first guest:)

  7. Delicious looking pumpkin.Looks yummy.

  8. Nice one. Thanks to Sanoli and Meena for sharing such nutritious dish. Loving it... :)

  9. Nice curry, wud love to try this..

  10. Wow thats a fabulous curry, looks irresistible.

  11. Nice and healthy recipe...

  12. Delicious curry Sanoli, Great job Meena and Sanoli.

  13. heading from Sanoli's blog....Very nice guest post & good job by both of you!!
    Have a great day!!
    Amy-Food Corner

  14. became your new follower…Would like to see you in my space… :)
    Amy-Food Corner

  15. Congrats Meena for your guest post and to Sonali for being the first guest. I like pumpkin and your dish too. It’s surely yummy. We make this dish more or less in same way as you mentioned but with a few variations in the ingredients.


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