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Recipe: Karen Pumpkin Curry

Karen Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Pumpkins are abundant in the Karen state and people grown them in kitchen gardens for household consumption. The pumpkins are used in a variety of traditional Karen dishes including this delicious curry.


Recipe from the Mo Mo & Bo Bo Cookbook, Borderline Tea Garden Restaurant & Cafe in Mae Sot. Notes by chef Nge Nge

This recipe is vegan, but the original version would typically include a small amount of fish paste, so feel free to add that if you like.

Recipe: Karen Pumpkin Curry

Recipe by Chef Nge Nge – Tea Garden at Borderline in Mae Sot Course: DinnerCuisine: Karen, Burmese
Servings

5

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Ingredients

  • 2.2 lbs 2.2 (1 kg) pumpkin

  • 3 stalks 3 lemongrass

  • 3 3 medium-size onions

  • 2 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 teaspoon 1 paprika

  • 2 sprigs 2 lime basil or honey basil

  • 1 teaspoon 1 black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ½ turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ½ salt

  • 1 teaspoon 1 sugar

  • ½ cup ½ oil

  • 4 cups 4 water

Directions

  • Cut the pumpkin into 1″2″ cubes.
  • Smash the lemongrass along its length to release the flavor. Tie the stalks into knots
  • Mince the onion and garlic, or pound with a mortar and pestle.
  • Put the pumpkin, lemongrass, onion and garlic in a large saucepan. Add water, oil, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the pumpkin is soft. You can check with a fork. Drops of oil will also come up to the surface. This will usually take around 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, sprinkle basil and pepper on top and cover with a lid until ready to serve.
  • Served with steamed white rice.
Borderline Collective, Mae Sot

Borderline Collective in Mae Sot, Thailand

Borderline Collective is located in Mae Sot, which is about the closest you get to Myanmar, while still being on the Thai side of the border. The shop/restaurant/art gallery/creative space was started with the purpose of supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar, by helping the women sell their handmade products. The women are organized in smaller, autonomous, collectives based in the small villages along the border, and Borderline Collective provides a space for the women to showcase their products, and thus reach a larger customer base.

Borderline Collective in Mae Sot, Thailand

Borderline Collective is located in Mae Sot, which is about the closest you get to Myanmar, while still being on the Thai side of the border. The shop/restaurant/art gallery/creative space was started with the purpose of supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar, by helping the women sell their handmade products. The women are organized in smaller, autonomous, collectives based in the small villages along the border, and Borderline Collective provides a space for the women to showcase their products, and thus reach a larger customer base.

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