Mauritian Sauteed Pumpkin Recipe – Touffé giraumon

Mauritian Sauteed Pumpkin Recipe – Touffé giraumon

Pumpkin vegetable is packed with a number of nutrients, vitamins and is highly rich in antioxidants. This vegetable contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, beta carotene, riboflavin, magnesium, copper and iron to name a few. 

Vitamin C helps strengthen the heart and it is particularly beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure. In addition, it helps to boost the immune system and collagen production. The presence of fiber in pumpkin helps alleviate indigestion and slow down sugar and carbohydrates absorption by the body.

Beta carotene (which gives the vibrant orange color) in pumpkin helps to minimize the risk of developing certain types of cancer and it helps to improves health condition of people suffering from asthma, obesity and diabetes. Another great benefit is that it improves the eye vision being packed with antioxidants and vitamins.

Pumpkin can be cooked in many ways and they are also now being used in smoothies. You can make soup, white sauce, curries as well as muffins. Moreover, it is an amazing vegetable for those on diet because it is low in calorie.

The most common way to eat this vegetable in Mauritius is sauteed pumpkin (Touffé giraumon).

 It is best eaten with paratha, naan, roti and rice. Pumpkin curry is also served in Hindu weddings. It is an easy dish to prepare that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and it can be classified as a vegan / vegetarian dish.

Ingredients for Sauteed Pumpkin – Serves 4

For this recipe I’ve used ¼ of a Pumpkin

1 Onion

1 tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste

Salt to taste

1 tsp Sugar

1/3 Cup Water

A pinch of Mustard Seeds (Optional)

Coriander leaves (you can also use the dried one)

Curry leaves

Method

  1. Peel and cut the pumpkin in wedges. Wash and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over low to medium heat.
  3. Add onion, ginger garlic paste, mustard seeds followed by curry leaves.
  4. Let it roast for a few seconds. You can also add dried chili if you want.
  5. Now add the pumpkin and salt as per taste.
  6. Cover and let it cook.
  7. After 5-7 mins, check if the pumpkin is sticking to the pan. Add water if needed and some sugar (optional).
  8. Cover and let it cook until it’s mushy and all the water / natural juice has dried up.
  9. Garnish with some chopped coriander (or the dried one).

Sauteed Pumpkin - Touffé giraumon

Sauteed pumpkin (known as 'Touffe Giraumon' in Mauritius) is a vegetarian/vegan dish. It is best eaten with roti / flat-bread and paratha. Touffe Giraumon takes little time to cook and is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is one of the healthiest vegetables which is also low in calorie. There are many ways to cook pumpkin, here for you sauteed version.
Cuisine Mauritian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • Pumpkin
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tbsp Ginger and Garlic Paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Mustard Seeds (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Sugar (Optional)
  • Coriander & Curry leaves

Instructions
 

  • Peel and cut the pumpkin in wedges. Wash and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan over low to medium heat. Add onion, ginger garlic paste, mustard seeds followed by curry leaves. Let it roast for a few seconds. You can also add dried chili if you prefer spicy food.
  • Now add the pumpkin and salt as per taste. Cover and let it cook.
  • After 5-7 mins, check if the pumpkin is sticking to the pan. Add water if needed and some sugar (optional)
  • Cover again and let it cook until it’s mushy and all the water / natural juice has dried up. Garnish with some chopped coriander (or the dried one).
Keyword easy, veg, vegan, vegetarian

Serve with paratha, rice, naan or roti. It’s best eaten when it is warm.  

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