Pumpkins are fruit, not vegetables. They are actually 90% water and are low in calories and high in fiber.The name pumpkin orginated from “pepon” the greek word for “large Melon.The largest pumkin ever grown weighed 1.140 pounds(517 kilogram)
This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.They also help remove tapeworm and roundworm from our intestines when we are infested.Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of the minerals phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. They are also a good source of other minerals including zinc, iron and copper. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and vitamin K.
To be honest,I don’t like pumpkin much.But for nutritional purpose of the whole family,I cook it once in two weeks.Here is a very very simple recipe for a healthy and quick dish.
Cleaned pumpkin-2 cups
Small onion-7-9 nos
Dried Red chilly-3-4 nos
Curry leaves-1 stalk
Crush small onion and dried red chilies together.Heat 1 tbspn oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.Add crushed onion-chilly mixture.Saute until it turns brown.Add curry leaves alongside.Add pumpkin,salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and add a 1/2 cup of water.Cook on low flame.Serve hot!!A great dish filled with tons of nutrients.