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Sugar pumpkin mild curry stew

All you need to know about preparing and cooking pumpkin curry stew.

A common method of cooking with fresh sugar pumpkins is to cook with spices in a stew.

Fresh sugar pumpkin.

Pumpkins are a gourd fruit that grows on vines particularly popular in Uganda and South Africa where pumpkins grow naturally well in rich African soil. Pumpkins are a fruit botanically despite most people considering pumpkins a vegetable. 

They are eaten many different West and South African food recipes used in stews, side dishes, and baking. Sugar pumpkins are smaller, sweeter, and less stringy than the bigger size pumpkins which makes sugar pumpkins a great choice for cooking stews and many recipes. 

Pro-tip: Cut all the sugar pumpkin into similar-sized pieces for more even cooking.

Mild pumpkin curry made with fresh sugar pumpkins.


Ingredients
2 pounds fresh sugar pumpkins cut into bite size pieces
2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups of coconut milk
1 cup of vegetable broth
1 medium diced ripe tomato
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 hot pepper finely chopped
2 tablespoons sweet curry powder
Chopped curry leaf

Directions
In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add curry, onion, garlic, ginger, peppers, curry leaf and sauté until the onion is translucent about 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 minutes. Serve over rice.


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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.