The Pumpkin Chronicles #7: Marathi-style Raita/Bharit

Not the best of pictures, but hey, it's delicious

Not the best of pictures, but hey, it’s delicious

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!

 

 

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