Don’t you just love a glut, when a fruit or vegetable is at it’s bursting-with-flavour best, begging to be bought in absurdly large quantities, chaining you to the kitchen until you’ve captured its essence in a hundred different ways? Reading that back it strikes me I may be in a minority with this!
I’ve only just recovered from the embarassment of plums in Kullu Valley this summer and now the pumpkin is demanding attention – all over Old Delhi yesterday the grapefruit-sized variety were literally bursting out of their skins to reveal soft creamy flesh inside. Aren’t they beautiful, hinting at rustling leaves and toasted teacakes? But we’re a bit early (it’s still 35 degrees and God knows what humidity!) for wintery risottos, hearty stew, Halloween, and Thanksgiving pies. I’ll admit my pumpkin repertoire is limited, so I need help from you. I’d particularly like some Indian recipes – I had a delicious Sweet and Sour Pumpkin at Gunpowder restaurant recently which I could happily eat every day for the rest of the year – but I’ll try anything you send and report back. I’m going back to Old Delhi today to buy a ton of pumpkins in anticipation of a deluge of recipes!