I like to cook and eat natural, healthy, and tasty foods, and I enjoy sharing recipes from my native Indian cuisine.
We use pumpkin to make many dishes. One among them is pumpkin pudding. I often make this pudding because it is very easy to make. Moreover, it is a steam-cooked dessert that does not involve fats, like butter or ghee. It is light on your stomach. Pumpkin is a low-calorie vegetable.
Pumpkin has a natural sweetness. I used some jaggery powder to make the dessert sweeter. It is a known fact that using jaggery is better than using refined sugar in the recipe. The wonderful flavor of jaggery melds very well with this pumpkin pudding recipe.
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15 pieces of pudding
- 2 cups pumpkin, grated
- 2 tbsp rice semolina, optional, I used
- 3/4 cup wheat semolina/cream of wheat
- 1/2 cup coconut, finely grated
- 1/4 cup jaggery powder
- 3 cardamom, powdered
- 1/8 tsp salt, to taste
- 1 tbsp ghee
- Cut pumpkin into big pieces. Remove the thick skin. Grate it.
- Soak rice semolina in water for 10 minutes. Strain it.
- Finely grate coconut. If it is coarse, slightly dry grind to make the granules thin.
- Generously grease a cooker container with butter/ghee.
- Take grated pumpkin in a mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients, such as grated coconut, powdered jaggery, rice semolina, wheat semolina, salt, and powdered cardamom. Pumpkin leaves some water. If it is not sufficient, add some water. The mix should be thick like idli batter.
- Pour the mix into the greased container. Pour the remaining ghee on top of the mix. Steam cook for 10-12 minutes on medium-high fire. Don't use cooker weight. You can even cook it in a steamer.
- Once it is done, take out the container. Cool it for 10 minutes. Cut it into any shape you like. Enjoy eating pumpkin pudding hot or cold with few drops of liquid ghee on top.
Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Pumpkin Pudding Dessert
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Many people use pumpkin for Halloween and for making pies during Thanksgiving, but, there is something more to this orange vegetable than that.
Pumpkin is nutrient-dense and contains varieties of vitamins and minerals and is also low in calories. People use pumpkins to make salads, curries, raita, desserts, and soups.
Pumpkin reduces the risk of obesity. It is considered beneficial for eyes, heart, hair, and skin. It aids in lowering the blood pressure. It is considered beneficial for diabetics also. It is known to impart energy to the body and help to lower body weight.
Pumpkin has anti-oxidants, called as 'beta-carotene'. It helps to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offers protection against asthma and heart diseases, delays aging and body degeneration.