Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry ( Wattaka Kalupol )



A delicious curry from Sri Lanka that showcases Sri Lanka's famous dark roasted curry powder . I have made the curry powder from scratch as per recipe given to me by my Sri Lankan friend Amila whose mom's recipe this is.
1 Kg Pumpkin - Keep skin if tender , cube to size.
4-6 Green Chilies - Slice.
Curry Leaves.
2 Onions Sliced.
1 Tablespoon Garlic - Minced.
1 Heaped Teaspoon Ginger Paste.
1 Teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds Powdered.
1/2 Teaspoon Methe Seeds.
1 Teaspoon Black Mustard seeds ( Don't powder ).
Chili Powder.
1/2 Teaspoon Haldi Powder.
Salt.
2 Tablespoons Roasted Curry Powder.
1.5 Cups Coconut Milk
1/2 Coconut Grated and roasted with 1 Tablespoon raw rice , brown on tawa and make paste ( I didn't use the rice )
Heat 100 grams white oil splutter mustard and methi seeds , then add green chilies, onions, garlic, ginger paste,curry leaves.Fry till onions are light brown.While onions are browning mix up pumpkin with all other ingredients apart from coconut based ones.
When onions brown add the pumpkin and all other ingredients but for coconut based ones.Cook covered over low heat slowly adding the coconut milk.When almost done add the ground coconut mixture , add a bit of water if you want a ' curry ' , this is more like a creamy gravy and has an amazing flavor. Make it pungent if you like.
Sri Lankan Dark Roasted Curry Powder:

1.5 tsp Coriander Seeds
1.5 Tablespoon Jeera
10 Dried Curry Leaves
1 Tablespoon Fennel seeds
1" cinnamon stick
6 Green Cardamom Pods
8 Cloves
4 Dried Red Chilies.
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper Corn
1 Teaspoon Methi Seeds
Roast ingredients separately till aromatic , cool and grind to a powder. Make extra as this is a lovely all purpose spice to use.
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