Sweet and Sour Pumpkin Curry – Khatta Meetha Kaddu
Sweet and sour Pumpkin Curry or Khatta Meetha Kaddu is an extremely delicious, healthy, vegan and easy preparation that only requires common hosehold spices and seasonings. I have best memories enjoying Khatta meetha kaddu, with hot puffed puris and Kheer on a sunny but cold winter afternoon. In India Pumpkin is known by various names in different region and some most pupular names are Kaddu, Sitaphal, Kashiphal and Petha.
The recipe of ‘kaddu ki sabzi’ is easy and does not require lot of ingredients. This North Indian pumpkin curry is an essential dish to many households during winter season. It is perhaps one of the most frequently made curries / sabzi for lunch and dinner because of its ease, convenience and simplicity. This curry does not require lot of special ingredients to create flavors. The flavor comes from the addition of fenugreek seeds (methi dana), ginger, raw mango and Jaggery. Yes, we do add most common and quintessential spices of Indian spice box like turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala. The sweetness from sugar in this case its jagggery enhances the subtle sweetness of the pumpkin.
My Love Affair with Pumpkin
Khatta-Meetha Kaddu is usually not appreciated or liked by large percentage of kids. But to my mom’s surprise, as a kid, I have always relished this curry whenever my mom used to make it along with puri, and kheer. Now my elder daughter also loves this pumpkin curry, so this has become a frequent dish in my kitchen as well. Probably that is the reason behind my love affair with other pumpkin recipes be it Pumpkin Spice Latte or Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake. Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient and can be enjoyed in various ways.