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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Dershana

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pumpkin Punch - tried and tasted

I always bookmark interesting recipes from my blogger buddies' sites but the ones that actually make it to my kitchen are:

a) easy and doable - what's the point of cooking something that is so complicated that by the end you feel you'd rather sleep than put in the extra effort of eating what you've made! hats off to people who are such natural born, passionate cooks!

b) made with readily accessible and ordinary ingredients - not that most exotic grains, veggies and other edible paraphernalia are unavailable in the supermarket aisles at Muscat, but somehow can't bring myself to buy that for example, 'tiny bottle of natural sugar substitute' for an amount that will easily fetch me a generous portion of jaggery (unrefined indian cane sugar), palm jaggery, or demerara.

c) easy on my already zapped system - deep fried, maida (all purpose flour) made, cream filled , ghee (clarified butter) sploshed, meat laden etc etc are terms that scare me!

d) novel - this does not mean out of the world! merely something that I have had, loved but don't know how to make; or, something i'm not aware of and yet appeals to me.

Recently I came across a 'cool-cool' drink on Cynthia's blog that happily fitted into my criteria - the pumpkin punch! I've, however, modified it to suit my taste. The result was totally yum and my husband could hardly believe he was drinking up something that had the humble pumpkin as key ingredient!

Here's my version:



Pumpkin - 200 gms (peeled,cubed, and steam cooked)
Fat free milk - 250 ml (boiled and simmered to evaporate just a little bit)
Cardamom - 1 (powdered)
Vanilla essence - 2-3 drops
Demerara (or plain sugar) - according to taste


I whisked everything together together with an electronic hand blender till the pumpkin pieces were completely pulverized and the liquid took on a creamy,frothy texture. Chill and enjoy!

Here is Cynthia's Pumpkin Punch . Thank you Cynthia!

I so wanted to send this over to Priya's Cooking with seeds - Cardamom seeds event but am late by 2 days. Sending it over anyways! Hope you accept it, Priya.

21 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Thats a very interesting drink,.and nice ingredients used to make it more tasty...

Priya said...

Slurpp!!!thats a fabulous pumpkin punch..truly tempting..

Usha said...

Looks delicious, I have never tried using pumpkin in a punch, how creative and unique......

Supriya Nair said...

Very refreshing drink dear...liked the idea of adding pumpkin...very creative.

Cynthia said...

Next time I am going to follow you and add cardamom! Glad you like the drink.

sowmya's creative saga said...

sounds good and delicious...

Jaishree said...

That pumpkin punch looks interesting. I've never heard of it nor have I had it.Very refreshing drink Dershana:)

Priya said...

Do send Dershana, i'll be happy to get ur entry dear..thanks in advance..

Divya Kudua said...

Perfect for the Chennai-heat:).I agree with you,trying recipes from other blogs really does give you a 'punch'..:)

Tina said...

Delicious drink...

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Deshana
How are you? I am here after a long time..but read all your blogs. This drink is so new for me!! I Must try
Have anice week

Cham said...

I remember her pumpk punch! Should be a tasty drink!

nazarina said...

This is a really delicious idea! I am always cooking with pumpkin, so you are a genius ,why not make a drink!!

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo..somthing diffrent refreshment..

Parita said...

I too remember her post for pumpkin punch, its very unique and I am sure must have been tasty too :)

ARUNA said...

Very nice....something different!

Ammu Madhu said...

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

Yasmeen said...

Always love such doable healthy recipes. :D

Padhu said...

Wow!! Pumpkin punch sounds great!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Perfect refreshing drink for this summer:)

Anushruti said...

This looks so good. Will be great for babies too.

 
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