Curried Pumpkin and Rice (recipe)

This dish came up as a whim on my part. I quite like it and think it makes an attractive side to a meat entree. It’s also great all by itself (as I sometimes have it) :) Because it’s vegetarian in nature I think it may also be a great addition to the menus of any of you who may be planning Tu B’Shevat seders. I’ll be featuring more vegetarian dishes in the run-up to this fun and super-healthy Jewish holiday! :)


Curried Pumpkin and Rice

Serving Size: 4 -6

Ingredients:

1 1/2 – 2 lbs. pumpkin, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves, garlic minced
sea salt and pepper
1 onion, finely diced
3 teaspoons curry powder
2 cups, rice
2 tablespoons chadon beni/cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup pimentos, chopped

Directions:

1. Pour oil into large pot, heat on medium-high
2. Add onions, pimentos and curry powder
3. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes

4. Add chopped pumpkin and garlic.
5. Season liberally with salt and pepper

6. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
7. Bring 3 cups water to boil while pumpkin cooks
8. When 15 minutes are up add 2 cups of rice to pot.
9. Stir to coat, toasting slightly for about 3 minutes

10. Add 3 cups of hot/boiling water
11. Bring pot to a boil

12. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to low
13. Test after 30 minutes for doneness
14. Adjust seasonings.
15. Stir and ‘mash up’ the pumpkins chunks slightly.
16. Stir in chopped cilantro.

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  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Mmm…looks great. I love pumpkin. And that top photo is pretty! Pumpkin in stew chicken is also great.

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Mmm…looks great. I love pumpkin. And that top photo is pretty! Pumpkin in stew chicken is also great.

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    What a beautiful winter dish! I really like the idea of the pumpkin flavored with cilantro and curry.

  • http://culinarytypes.blogspot.com T.W. Barritt

    What a beautiful winter dish! I really like the idea of the pumpkin flavored with cilantro and curry.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – I love me some pumpkin too :D Pumpkin in stewed chicken? :) Never had that! Mom makes it as a sliced sauteed side dish to stewed chicken sometimes, but never actually in the chicken itself (is that what you meant?).. hmmm i’m gone try that! :D

    T.W. – Aww how awesome, thanks! :D Of course it’s never winter here so I’ve never thought of it that way , but why not :D Give it a try! :D It’s definitely warming with the peppers and spices :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette – I love me some pumpkin too :D Pumpkin in stewed chicken? :) Never had that! Mom makes it as a sliced sauteed side dish to stewed chicken sometimes, but never actually in the chicken itself (is that what you meant?).. hmmm i’m gone try that! :D

    T.W. – Aww how awesome, thanks! :D Of course it’s never winter here so I’ve never thought of it that way , but why not :D Give it a try! :D It’s definitely warming with the peppers and spices :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Oh, yes, in the chicken itself – sweet pumpkin complements the stew flavour really well.

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Oh, yes, in the chicken itself – sweet pumpkin complements the stew flavour really well.

  • 1969

    New to your site. I am a Trini living in the States and I love to cook.

    This dish is looking like a winner! I love pumkpin. Especially in a nice okra and rice with saltfish.

  • 1969

    New to your site. I am a Trini living in the States and I love to cook.

    This dish is looking like a winner! I love pumkpin. Especially in a nice okra and rice with saltfish.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    why thanks 1969! :) I like pumpkin rice with okra and saltfish too :) I’m sure I’ll be posting that as well :D Thanks for passing by :) hope you’ll be back :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    why thanks 1969! :) I like pumpkin rice with okra and saltfish too :) I’m sure I’ll be posting that as well :D Thanks for passing by :) hope you’ll be back :D

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    This looks awesome! I just added the ingredients to my shopping list so I can make for next week. It looks like a good meal to make on a Sunday night and then take leftovers for lunch.

    I’ve never cooked with a pumpkin before! It’s actually one of my goals for 2007 :)

    I’ll post a review of it on my blog and I’ll link back to this recipe. By the way, I’ve added your site as a favorite and linked to it from my blog. Thanks for your original recipes!

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    This looks awesome! I just added the ingredients to my shopping list so I can make for next week. It looks like a good meal to make on a Sunday night and then take leftovers for lunch.

    I’ve never cooked with a pumpkin before! It’s actually one of my goals for 2007 :)

    I’ll post a review of it on my blog and I’ll link back to this recipe. By the way, I’ve added your site as a favorite and linked to it from my blog. Thanks for your original recipes!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    oh do let me know how it turns out :D should i bite my nails? don’t think i’ve been reviewed before :D thanks for the link! i’ve linked you back as well and will visit often :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    oh do let me know how it turns out :D should i bite my nails? don’t think i’ve been reviewed before :D thanks for the link! i’ve linked you back as well and will visit often :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Rachel – dice the pumpkin no bigger than 3/4 inch and uniformly so it all cooks at the same rate and doesn’t take too long :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Rachel – dice the pumpkin no bigger than 3/4 inch and uniformly so it all cooks at the same rate and doesn’t take too long :)

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Hi Trini!

    I made this tonight and it was AWESOME! I posted about it:
    Trini’s Curried Pumpkin and Rice.

    I have a bunch leftover. I know it’s going to be great for lunch during the week.

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Hi Trini!

    I made this tonight and it was AWESOME! I posted about it:
    Trini’s Curried Pumpkin and Rice.

    I have a bunch leftover. I know it’s going to be great for lunch during the week.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Rachel – I was just an hour or two ago wondering if you really did give it a try and how you would find it :D I am sooo glad you loved it :D It makes amazing leftovers and the color gets even more golden as the pumpkin continues to color the rice :D Thanks so much for sharing it with your readers!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Rachel – I was just an hour or two ago wondering if you really did give it a try and how you would find it :D I am sooo glad you loved it :D It makes amazing leftovers and the color gets even more golden as the pumpkin continues to color the rice :D Thanks so much for sharing it with your readers!

  • Kristy

    Hi Sarina!

    I cooked this dish last night, and Vince and I loved it :D We were not able to find fresh pumpkin and got butternut squash instead. It worked nicely! It added, I think, a sweetness to the dish!

    I thought this may be useful for anyone who can’t find pumpkin. There’s canned pumpkin, but we instantly vetoed that!

  • Kristy

    Hi Sarina!

    I cooked this dish last night, and Vince and I loved it :D We were not able to find fresh pumpkin and got butternut squash instead. It worked nicely! It added, I think, a sweetness to the dish!

    I thought this may be useful for anyone who can’t find pumpkin. There’s canned pumpkin, but we instantly vetoed that!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Kristy – OO! I’m so glaad :D did ya take any pics? :) y’know me :) total food perv :twisted: Squashes and pumpkins are pretty interchangeable fortunately :D Gotta love creamy orange goodness! Canned Pumpkin is definitely a no :lol: Hope you’ll pass by again! :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Kristy – OO! I’m so glaad :D did ya take any pics? :) y’know me :) total food perv :twisted: Squashes and pumpkins are pretty interchangeable fortunately :D Gotta love creamy orange goodness! Canned Pumpkin is definitely a no :lol: Hope you’ll pass by again! :)

  • http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/food_and_drink.htm Jamaican Recipes Fan

    I think that pumpkin works really well with curry. Anything sweet goes well with a spicy curry in my opinion, particularly mango chutney with a hot indian curry.

  • http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.com/food_and_drink.htm Jamaican Recipes Fan

    I think that pumpkin works really well with curry. Anything sweet goes well with a spicy curry in my opinion, particularly mango chutney with a hot indian curry.