Thursday, February 28, 2013

Til Kumro - Pumpkin with Sesame Seeds

Game of Thrones Season 3 is going to be aired on screen from 31st March onwards. I just cannot hold in my excitement. I have been a follower of the show ever since 2011 when it hit the screen for the first time. The story, characters and the plot are so beautifully designed and presented to the audience with full of gripping suspense and unexpected twists at every turn of the event that one is bound to get glued to the show. However, when the same was aired in India few months later its release here, I was stunned by how mercilessly Indian censor board chopped some of the crucial scenes or clips of dialogue on the ground of nudity, violence or vulgarity, thereby ruining the essence of the entire story. I wonder when the Indian Censor Board will stop treating the mass like a 13 year old child and allow us the enjoyment of seeing a full uncut version of a show like an adult.
'Til Kumro' is made with curry leaves, tamarind extract, sesame seeds and grated coconut as the base flavoring agents. But the taste will not be predominantly sour, balancing nicely between a mild tartness and a hint of sweetness. So just be careful that no particular taste overlaps the other.
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Ingredients:                                                        Cooking time: 25 minutes
ü  1 1/2 cup of diced pumpkin
ü  1 large potato (chopped into cubes)
ü  4-5 green chillies (chopped)
ü  3 tbsp grated coconut
ü  1 tsp turmeric powder
ü  1 tsp cumin powder
ü  1 tbsp sugar
ü  2 tsp tamarind extract
ü  Salt to taste
ü  1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
ü  1/2 tsp hing powder
ü  White oil
For sauté:
ü  3 dry red chillies
ü  1 tsp black mustard seeds
ü  1 string of curry leaves
1) Heat oil in a wok. Fry pumpkin and potato separately, one after another, till they turn golden brown in color. Take them onto an absorbent paper. Keep aside.
2) Into the same oil, add the ingredients for sauté and wait till they begin to crackle. Add chopped ginger and shallow fry. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coconut, green chillies, tamarind extract, salt and sugar. Sauté the mixture for 2 minutes.
3) Toss the fried potatoes and pumpkin in. Cook covered for few minutes till potatoes and pumpkin are tender.
4) Sprinkle hing powder, roasted sesame seeds and mix in.

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