Beans Curry, Pumpkin and Puri


It sometimes feels as if we ‘eat our emotions’. Does food make you long for a person or place? I feel ‘comfort food’ is as much about a person or memory experienced as it can be to warm one from the cooler weather.

For me, a simple meal like Beans Curry, Pumpkin and Puri takes me back to my early adult life. I wrote about all my associative memories around Beans Curry in my book; The Beginning. For me, it always ‘takes me home’.

The recipe for Beans Curry can be found in my book. I replaced the Sugar Beans with boiled butter beans (you can easily use one from the tin). A good tip is to soak and boil your beans and portion them. It can be frozen until ready for use. If you’re using beans from a tin, add it after the potato to avoid it mushing up in the pot.


  • Pumpkin

This Pumpkin is best with Beans Curry and Puri or with Kurri Kitchri.
I used a quarter of a fresh pumpkin, cut into cubes. I’d say approximately 3 to 4 cups.

  • A quarter cup of oil
  • 1 tsp whole cumin
  • Half a tsp black mustard seeds
  • Half a tsp methi seeds
  • 2 dried chillies
  • 1 sliced onion


  1. Allow this to cook just before the onion starts to brown.
  2. Add a sprig of curry leaf and 1 tsp ground garlic. Allow the garlic to brown gently and add the pumpkin. Add 1 tsp salt and stir well.
  3. At this stage, the heat should be on low to medium. After 15 minutes of cooking, add 1 tsp ground red ginger and garlic masala and 1 green chilli.
  4. Allow to cook for a further 20 minutes. The pumpkin should have softened completely by now and the oil should be coming to the top. I like for the pumpkin to start to brown slightly at the base of the pot. Add half a tsp of sugar and mix well. Leave the pot on the heat and switch it off.
  5. The pumpkin should be soft and almost melted.

The best way to eat left-over beans curry? In buttered white bread with tea

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Naqiyah Mayat

Author & Creative Entrepreneur

Naqiyah Mayat is a connoisseur of luxury, elegance and beauty. Her lifestyle brand is built around a philosophy of sophistication and aspiration.



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