An inspired plant-based meal that's easy to make with simple ingredients.
The boredom of comfort food increases creativity in the kitchen. When I get bored of my sweet potatoes for my daily meal, I look to pumpkins.
In Indonesia, we can get pumpkin stock every day. There is no specific season for pumpkins.
Behind The Recipe
Usually, I only use pumpkin to make cakes. Then I searched the recipes on the internet for a while and adjusted the ingredients that I had in the kitchen.
I just have a few vegetables that are great to combine. There are baby corns, carrots, green beans.
So, I decided to make a “spiced-roasted pumpkin” serving with coconut yogurt and stir-fried veggies.
There are many ways to serve pumpkin for the main course with a variety of selected spices. Here I am using only ground cinnamon which I think is the most suitable spice to go with pumpkins.
Follow how I prepare this meal. Stay tuned!
- 500 grams of pumpkin, unpeeled
- 50 ml of vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
- Coconut Yogurt
- Stir-fried Veggies, tailored to the vegetables of your choice.
Here I use a mixture of baby corn, carrot, and green beans. I cook them with simple spices, red onion, red chili, garlic, pepper, and salt.
- Step 1
First, prepare the pumpkin for baking, and don't forget to preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celsius.
Wash the pumpkin thoroughly before cutting. Then cut into wedges.
- Step 2
- Step 3
Dip the pumpkin wedges in the oil and ground cinnamon mixture. Or grease the pumpkin using a brush until it is completely coated on all sides of the pumpkin.
- Step 4
Roast the pumpkin for about 40 minutes. But it depends on your oven. If the pumpkin is not yet cooked, you can increase the roasting time by another 10-20 minutes by turning the pumpkin pieces over.
- Step 5
While the pumpkin is roasting, I prepare stir-fried vegetables. Prepare chopped red onion, garlic, and red chili slices, as well as vegetables that will be sauteed.
Heat the oil. Saute chopped red onion, garlic, and red chili slices. Once fragrant, add the vegetables. Add a little water and a teaspoon of salt.
Cook until the veggies are cooked.
The Spiced-Roasted Pumpkin is done. It's so beautiful and juicy! Perfect!
Honestly, this is my first time cooking Spiced-Roasted Pumpkin and I am amazed by how juicy and fragrant they are!
Time to prepare a serving plate and some props for my food shoots.
Added Spiced-Roasted Pumpkin to A Serving Plate
This will be a filling portion of my plate. I added 4 pumpkin wedges to the serving plate.
It feels so tortured to wait to eat them. I have to finish this food shoot first.
Added Stir-Fried Veggies
I decided to add chunks of greens between the pumpkin wedges.
This method is to make the plate look neat and have an impression with a certain shape.
I love the color components on my serving plate this time.
Added Coconut Yogurt
I don't just add the coconut yogurt on the surface of the pumpkin and veggies.
I put coconut yogurt in a small container, I also happen to have a yellow-colored container.
I put the container filled with coconut yogurt on the top side of the whole meal.
Nom-Nom! Say Yes to Coconut Yogurt
You can use other types of yogurt or you can add cream or even mashed avocado.
To add a little detail so that the plating doesn't get monotonous, I added a few slices of carrots.
About Texture and Taste
The combination of the Spiced-Roasted Pumpkin and the veggies I have looks good. Especially since I have baby corn.
Some people don't like roasted pumpkin because it's a mushy texture. That's why these vegetable stir fry can enhance the nice texture of this dish.
The fragrances of ground cinnamon and coconut are quite a good starting point to lift your mood.
See you again in my next recipe. Don't forget to leave feedback and thank you for your support!
Happy yummy day!
Anggrek Lestari is an Indonesian fiction writer who has published two major books. Now She is a full-time content creator. She has a goal to share food content that makes others happy and can get inspiration for foods that are easy to make and contain elements of health.
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