You can eat all over the world and the taste that appeals the most is the one back home. I took a little trip to my Marathi roots to make this dish that I’ve tasted only at my grandmom’s. And shame on me, I had to look up the recipe on the internet. Bhoplyacha bharit/ raita is an easy, quick cook dish that tastes mmm…yummy.
Modified the recipe to use the ingredients at home:
Red pumpkin, peeled, cut into cubes (2 cups). Zapped in the microwave for 4 minutes, without water, cooked covered, until they were soft but not squishy. I needed to check after every minute. Once they are done, mash them a little, leaving them lumpy, then let cool.
½ cup yoghurt, mixed with a couple of chopped green chilies, salt, 2 tsp coarse peanut powder (danyacha kuut), ½ tsp ginger paste.
To the cooled pumpkin, I added a simple tadka of mustard, asafoetida, curry leaves, and dried red chilli, then mixed the yoghurt, and voila! It’s ready to eat. I enjoyed it for lunch, dinner and breakfast!