Pumped On Pumpkins

October 07, 2018 | Recipes

Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, and making pumpkin-based dishes are a few of our favourite things. In the spirit of our favourite day in October that is Halloween, we look to the iconic squash plant that’s most popularly associated to the spooky celebration to create 3 recipes that are guaranteed to spice up your kitchen. Let’s get cooking!

Tofu in Pumpkin Cream Soup

Ingredients:

250g pumpkin, peeled and cut

120g sweet potato, cut

100ml water

240ml fresh milk

Salt to taste

Japanese tofu

Prawns

Add a twist to the classic pumpkin cream soup by adding Malaysia’s favourite soy product, tofu. First, you’ll have to steam pumpkin and sweet potato until it’s soft. Then, transfer it into a blender, add water and blend until it’s a smooth pureé. Next, pour it into a non-stick saucepan, add milk and salt to your liking. While it cools down, steam the prawns for 5 minutes, then, deep fry the tofu slices for 2 minutes. Pour the soup into a bowl and add the tofu and prawns, and it’s ready to serve!

 

Deep-Fried Pumpkin with Chicken Floss

Ingredients:

300g pumpkin, peeled and cut into strips

2 stalks curry leaves

1 tbsp sliced bird’s eye chillies

80g chicken floss

2 tbsp sugar or to taste

1 tsp fish sauce

 

Batter

100g rice flour

50g glutinous rice flour

30g cornflour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp sugar

200ml water or just enough

This deep-fried pumpkin and chicken floss dish is comfort food at its finest. To start, add all the batter ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until it’s smooth. Then, dip the pumpkin slices into the batter and deep-fry over a medium-high heat until it becomes golden brown. Allow it to sit on paper towels for a few minutes so it’s less oily, then deep-fry again for that extra crisp. Repeat the paper towel process once more. While the pumpkin slices are set aside, fry the curry leaves and bird’s eye chillies for a few minutes. Then, toss the chicken floss and pumpkin slices together, and finish it off by topping the curry leaves and chillies and it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 bananas, sliced and frozen

3 tbsp of maple syrup

2 tbsp of pumpkin spice

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

End the dining course with a sweet serving of pumpkin ice cream. It’s not a particularly common flavour but we can’t knock it until we try it, right? What you’re going to need to do is add all of the ingredients in a food processor, then blend it until it’s a smooth and creamy texture. Transfer it into a container of your choice and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once it’s solid, take it out for a few minutes to chill, and then it’s ready to be served!

So there you have it; 3 simple and delicious pumpkin recipes to try at home. Get started on this cooking journey by getting fresh pumpkins at Village Grocer today. And if you do try recreating these dishes at home, be sure to tag us on Instagram @MyVillageGrocer so we can see it too!

Keep it fresh,

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