Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pumpkin Puree and Happy Thanksgiving !

Hope everyone is doing great and getting into the holiday mood.The shops are already full of X'mas decors and holiday goodies. Those who are in US will be planning and preparing for Thanksgiving,which will be on this Thursday.I would love to hear about your menu plans. Are you planning an Indian spread or a traditional feast or a mixture of both ?

Pumpkin Puree

We celebrate Thanksgiving in our friends' house.This has been going on for the past several years and we are loving this sweet tradition.It will be a potluck dinner and our friend, L, always insist that I bring something Indian to the table.In her own words "Thanksgiving is a time for building traditions, sharing family heirlooms. I love to savor foods that my friends like to cook, foods they enjoy. So please, bring a little India to the table". Thanks L, now I know what I am going to cook :-)


Every year I make a pie for Thanksgiving, and last year I told you that I would like to try and make pumpkin puree at home, for my pie. Here I am., though a bit late, to keep my promise and share my story of pureeing pumpkin at home.

 Pumpkin Puree

I am planning to bake a pie with this and with the left overs, a pumpkin bread and some other goodies.Just by the look of this puree I can tell you this much : I will never ever buy canned pumpkin puree from a store any more !

Wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving day, with your loved ones and friends,filled with lot of love and laughter ! Hope you will savor lots of good food and have lots of fun ! Have a great holiday season folks !

Pumpkin Puree


A pie Pumpkin


1.Preheat the oven at 375 degree F.
2.Wash and dry the pumpkin you are going to puree.
3.Remove the top/the stem part using a sharp knife or preferably a saw.Scrape out the inside and seeds.
4.Cut the pumpkin into 4 equal halves and then cut each part into halves.
5.Bake with the cut side facing up, for about 35-40 minutes or till the pumpkin is fork tender and the skin is burnt a bit.(See the pictures)
6.Peel off the skin and save the flesh.
7.Puree the flesh using a food processor.Add a spoon of water if necessary.
8.Store in ziploc bags in the freezer, if you are planning to use later.Otherwise store in an airtight container in the fridge.


1.I have read in some places about spraying the pumpkin with olive oil. I didn't do that.
2.I did not add any water wile pureeing, since I wanted to have thick puree.
3.If you think that the puree is too watery, just seive to get thicker puree.

Recipe courtesy: Various internet sites


  1. Never tried making a puree - it always seems like too much work !! But am sure the pumpkin pie with fresh puree would taste awesome.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, pumpkin puree looks wonderful.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Nami.. We are planning for a whole chicken instead of turkey - Indianised Thanksgiving..

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! We are going for a potluck dinner at a friends place and also having a few folks over for a lunch too! :) So excited!

  5. happy thanksgiving to u too...nice way to start of the festive season...:)

  6. Happy Thanks giving to you dear. Nice looking pumpkin puree

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  7. Looks yummy and wonderful. Have a nice day

  8. never tried dessert with pumpkin. looks very creamy.

  9. very interesting ..i must try this

  10. this is just awesome..love it namitha..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  11. i tried making my own pumpkin puree at home last fall and i hated the experience..too painstaking, esp when i really cant make out any diff btween the store bought one and home made :)
    So i am all for bought ones. The fact that we get it here only in wholefoods makes it a bit inconvenient, but since its a once a yr thing, I dont mind. I am yet 2 get my hands around a pumpkin pie, maybe next year.

  12. not a big fan of pumpkin, but your clicks might change that :)

  13. Superb pics... loved the composition of the first one.. reflects the essence of this season..:)
    Wonderful job..

  14. never tried making a pumpkin puree be4..looks gr8...happy thanksgiving !


  15. Lovely pictures..looks awesome..

  16. Lovely shots! this is truly indianish a dish!
    Enjoy Thanksgiving and the potluck. I am a great fan of potluck :)

  17. have a wonderful thanksgiving and so true about new traditions and sharing with others

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  19. First time here...I also make homemade pumpkin puree for pumpkin based desserts, but i just boil the pumpkins with a tiny bit of water and mash it up. I have a Pumpkin cupcake recipe on my blog if you'd like to see.
    Love this blog. Will be following you from now.


  20. Puree is kewl. Pumpkin pie whoa that is interesring nami. Post the pics soon. Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving.

  21. Homemade pumpkin puree sounds so much better than canned. I bet your pie was incredible:)

  22. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  23. Looks yummy and wonderful. Have a nice day

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