Yellow pumpkins feature prominently during the harvest season. Not only is it a tasty vegetable into which we can infuse warm flavours but it’s also considered very auspicious to consume during the harvest festival ,known as Sankranthi or Pongal. The yellow pumpkin or arasanikkai as it is known in my state of TamilNadu is a plump round fellow that also features in the Halloween tradition in the west !
My lovely mum and sister ramya ,send me a pongal hamper every year with blessings for the harvest season and for a year filled with harmonious prosperity. The yellow pumpkin is a very prominent feature of this huge hamper ! Therefore I make sure it is cooked without fail ,every year for the lunch on Pongal day !
It’s sweetness absorbs all kinds of strong flavour additions very well. Pumpkin pies loaded with cinnamon is a treat that my sister in law Priya makes every year and is absolutely delicious ! Pumpkin soup is a big favourite of mine in the soup category and it just sings with the addition of chilli and garlic ! This year for Pongal day lunch ,we decided to deviate from a traditional South Indian lunch and feast on a lighter meal . The pumpkin ,however had to feature and was non negotiable….for me !!! That’s how this roasted pumpkin salad happened. After doing a quick run through of my refrigerator and finding feta ,the memory of Nigella’s pumpkin salad flashed in my mind. Being hard pressed for time to go through her actual recipe ,I went ahead ,making it ,my way and hence I give you this altered version.
The family, I must say ,aren’t pumpkin aficionados like me ,so I was a trifle nervous….. Huge sigh of relief that it went down quite well ,so…now, this recipe can be an addition to my list of salad sides. Thanks again to mum ,for the beautiful coconut shell bowls with the metal coating which illuminated the golden pumpkin beautifully !Happy me !!! 😉
Considering this ingredient is easily available everywhere , I suggest you do try it out. The salty feta is just right for the sweet concentrated flavours of the roasted pumpkin and the chilli and lime round it all off perfectly. Yummy yummy !!!