1tblsp grated jaggery (belam, gur) or muscavado sugar
100ml warm water or (vegetarian) stock
handful of coriander leaves for garnishing
1tsp mustard seeds, whole
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ground
1/2 tsp chilli flakes (to your own taste and heat tolerance!)
3tsp coriander, ground
2tsp dried channa dahl (blitzed)
small handful curry leaves (crushed)
2tsp powdered turmeric powder
2tsp green saffron’s garam masala
pinch salt (5g)
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan, on a medium flame. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter and spit. (Be careful not to let the hot fat jump out, onto you!)
Immediately, add the onions and stir for a minute or two then add the garlic and allow to sweat down and become soft.
Then add the cumin, chilli flakes, coriander, channa dahl, curry leaves, turmeric, Green Saffron Garam Masala and salt. Stir to combine everything and cook for two or three minutes.
Add the cubes of pumpkin, the tomatoes, jaggery (or muscavado) and the water (or stock) pop the lid onto your pan and allow it all to cook (covered) on a low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is lovely and soft to the bite.
Sprinkle with the coriander leaves and serve immediately with mounds of Green Saffron’s Basmati rice, Naan breads or salted and baked ‘Golden Wonder’ potatoes.