Hey friends! I am so happy that Pumpkin season has started! I am so happy to see all the colorful pumpkins….sometime my head is overflowing with pumpkin experiment ideas. It took a while for me to figure out what I wanted to cook. Finally I bought a pumpkin and started cooking!! Yaaaayyy!!! First step is to make the pumpkin Puree. So let’s get started!
I used a small 3-4 pound pumpkin. Even if you are using a bigger pumpkin, the procedure will still remain the same, but the cooking time may vary. I will explain more about it as we go along. Before we start the cleaning process, pre heat the oven to 350 F
First cut the pumpkin into two halves. Try to keep them as exact as you can.
There are couple of things you can do to separate the seeds. One is to take a spoon or scoop and clean up the interiors totally. But I used another method. I used my fingers to fish out all the seeds and then I scooped all that unwanted strands and discarded them. I saved the pumpkin seeds to roast them later. You can do it the way you are comfortable, for a small napkin like this, either way will take the same amount of time.
I am only baking 1 piece as I will be cooking the other half for an Indian recipe later. Place the pumpkin as shown in the picture below.
In case you are baking the whole pumpkin don’t forget to poke holes in between. For half it is ok to skip this step. Bake it in a 350F oven for 30-40 mins until the fork can be pierced without any resistance. Once done, the skin will become darker and wrinkly like in the picture below.
Let it cool for sometime and then pull the skin away with your hand. It will come out very easily. Discard the skin.
Now put the pulp in a chopped / blender and make it into a smooth paste with less or no water if possible. Use it for any dish now. That was easy right??? Trust me it is easy. You can always store bought pumpkin puree but I am sure nothing can beat the taste of the original fresh puree!! It is ok to add some salt and some flavoring to the pumpkin before baking it, but I prefer to keep it plain, so that I can do whatever I want with the puree later.
My next blog post will be about Cashew Pumpkin Rolls. It is a fusion version of famous Indian dessert – Cashew Pistachio Rolls. Can’t wait to share it with you!
Eat Healthy! Live Happy!