Pumpkin curry

Cooking time: 15 min. / 25 min.Difficulty: easy

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One of the first curries I learned from grannies in a little house by train tracks in Sri Lanka. I wish I made more shots of the amazing kitchen for the video. But as at the time I just started filming, so you will find them in the newer video recipes and this one is mainly about the recipe :)


Peel pumpkin, remove the insides and dice. Put in a pot and mix with all ingredients except coconut milk and cream. If you prepared home made coconut milk and cream, add into the pot the milk only. If you have a canned coconut cream, pour about 1/4 of it into the pot with the water.

Cook covered on a small heat about 15-20 mins. Then add rest of coconut cream and cook uncovered about 5 mins. 

Serve with rice and other kinds of Sri Lanka curries.


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Video recipe

Pumpkin curry

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For 4 portions:

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 4 green chili peppers - with seeds, halved
  • 1 red onion - fine chopped
  • 2 tsp roasted curry powder
  • 1 heaped tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 10 cm long pandan leave (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • home made coconut milk (250 ml) and coconut cream (100 ml) from half of a coconut or 100 ml of coconut cream in a can and 250 ml of water

Side dish: 

  • rice

Authentic tools needed:

  • clay pot
  • coconut scraper
  • mortar