Pumpkin Oambal / Assam

Assam is a land of fish and rice. Assam also brings to my mind the  beautiful ladies dressed in red bordered white clothes , looking extremely pretty ,swinging swiftly yet gently on slow music. The Bihu festival is their biggest festival and the food predominantly is fish.
There are many vegetarian varieties in curry which they call as Khar. However there are some specific ingredients which is required to make  like the fermented banana flower skin. To avoid doing anything unauthentic, I opted for a simple chutney like sweet tangy recipe of pumpkin.
This is a great side dish to go along with a big meals. Do try it next time as an option to your regular pickle or chutney or even as a side dish for chapati or rice.

200 grams pumpin (skinned and deseeded)
2 tbsp tamaring pulp
1 tbsp grated jaggery (double if you prefer sweeter)
1 tspn red chilly powder
1 tspn coriander powder
1 bay leaf
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn lime juice
1 tspn raisins
2 tspn Oil
salt to taste
1) Boil the pumpkin until it is cooked (2 whistles in pressure cooker)
2) Remove water and mash it 
3) Add the tamarind pulp to it and mix it well.
4) In a pan, heat some oil, add mustard seeds and bay leaf.
5) When it starts crackling, add the mashed pumpkin and tamarind mixture.
6) Next add the grated jaggery, salt and red chilly powder.
7) Now add the coriander powder, lime juice and stir.

I added a dash of garam masala to spice it a little more.

Serve as a side dish with roti or rice.


Unknown said…
wow such an delicious and yummy pumpkin Oambal :) looks fantastic !!
That seems to be a known recipe. ..chutney looks yum.
jayanthi said…
this oambal looks great. I made a tomato oambal for some other state and loved the fusion of sweet, sour and hot notes but not my family :)
Priya Suresh said…
Pumpkin oambal is just inviting me,love that deep brown colour.
Oambal sounds interesting and inviting...
Harini R said…
Interesting chutney, Pradnya
Unknown said…
so finger licking good!!
Pumpkin oambal looks delicious !
wow pradnya you made two dishes!! good yaar, chutney looks inviting, i have cooked loads of pumpkin for this bm, it is literally banned for a month at home!!! :)
Srivalli said…
That surely sounds so good Pradnya..I saw this dish quite late..
Pavani said…
The looks so good -- sweet and spicy..yummy!!
The texture of that chutney is really good.
This is really delicious. have some pumpkin left out...will make this :)
Gayathri Kumar said…
Even I made ombhal for another state. It tasted so delicious. Your version looks so inviting..
Archana said…
Looks yum. I like the use of tamarind my South indian roots? Will try it this week.
Chef Mireille said…
this looks so delicious and luscious
Scrumptious ombhal..Looks inviting..
Scrumptious ombhal..Looks inviting..
Unknown said…
Delicious looking oambal. I think this is a NE dish.Many states of NE have this recipe.
Padmajha said…
Looks good Pradnya! I too saw this but was not sure how it would be accepted on the table so made something else...
Usha said…
Pumpkin chutney is new and sounds interesting. Looks delicious. I hardly cook with pumpkin. May be I should start with this chutney

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