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Blogging Marathon# 39 - Indian States: Day 10 State: Himachal Pradesh Dish: Auriya Kadoo Himachal Pradesh is a tsate in North India. It is famous for its scenic landscapes and aabundant natural beauty. The literal meaning of the state's name is In the lap of Himalayas. Himachal Pradesh is a multireligional, multicultural as well as multilingual state like other Indian states. Some of the most commonly spoken languages are Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Dogri etc., The state has both Hindu communities as well as tribal communities. Cuisine: Day-to-day food of Himachal Pradesh is very similar to the rest of the North...


4 serving

Total time

50 minutes




  • 1 6 ~ 8 cups Pumpkin Squash
  • 1 tbsp Panch phoron
  • pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 ~ 3 Red Chili
  • 0.25 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp Amchoor
  • 3 tbsps cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Rice
  • to taste Salt


  1. Soak mustard seeds and rice in 3tbsp water for 30 minutes. Then grind them to a fine paste.
  2. Heat 2tbsp mustard oil, add bay leaf & panch phooron; cook for 1 minute or until the seeds start to splutter.
  3. Add the dry red chili and asafoetida/ hing. Cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Next add the chopped pumpkin/ squash and turmeric. Cover and cook for about 12~15 minutes or until the veggie is tender.
  5. Add ground coriander, amchoor powder and cook for 1~2 minutes.
  6. Finally add the ground mustard paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Switch off the heat and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with steamed rice.