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Indian Style Pumpkin Curry from the Chef at Park Hyatt Goa (GF, DF, Paleo, AIP*)

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Indian Style Pumpkin Curry from the Chef at Park Hyatt Goa (GF, DF, Paleo, AIP*)

The very first day I walked into “Casa Sarita”, the fine dining Indian restaurant of the Park Hyatt Goa, I knew exactly what I was gonna get. While browsing through the menu in my room, my eyes were drawn to the Goan section and magnetized by “Mergol”, an Indian style pumpkin curry simmered in coconut milk with curry leaves and fresh grated coconut.

I was already sold just by reading the description, but when the Executive Chef Franco Canzano told me they could prepare any dish in any way I wanted it, leaving out ingredients I could potentially be intolerant to. And after the amazing experience I had with customized gluten free dosa, I couldn’t wait to try this pumpkin curry!

Special Diet Consulting with the Chefs of Park Hyatt Goa Reap

Chef Franco, who’s originally from Buenos Aires and has worked in some of the most beautiful Hyatts in the world, from Paris to Milan and Doha, has fallen in love with Indian food soon after moving to Goa, about a year ago.

And as we are chatting, I can’t help but ask him a question I like to ask every major chef I meet that has traveled the world through food.

Amazing Dishes From Around the World

“What is your favorite dish that you would take away with you from each one of the countries you’ve worked in?”

Franco’s response is immediate:

From Buenos Aires: “Asado”. Argentinian meat cooked on a grill or on an open fire. I love to see the charcoal lit and the meat grilling on it.

From Paris: “Bisque”, this seafood sauce is truly amazing, and they way they make it there is over the top.

From Milan: “Saffron Risotto with Osso Buco”, it’s such an earthy and delicious dish and they have a way to make it come out perfect every time.

From Qatar: “Shawarma and Hummus”, a type of kebab that in Turkey is called Doner. It’s so interesting to me to see how every place in the world has a different grilling or cooking technique to prepare meat.

From India: “Tikka”, which is a term that applies to all that is cooked in a tandoori oven on a skewer. I come from the charcoal tradition and “Tikka” is the Indian version of it. The best dish? “Chicken Malay Tikka with Yogurt”, so it’s not too spicy.

Indian Style Pumpkin Curry

I am always amused when I see how the horizons of already talented Chefs are broadened by their travels around the world, that enrich their knowledge with new ingredients and techniques.

And Chef Franco never gets tired of learning: “After India I want to go to Japan, India or Korea and learn about the food in those countries – he tells me. – Then I’d either like to finish my career in Spain, where my wife is from, or in Italy. I feel at home when I go there, even more than Argentina, because my family is all Italian”.

While I talk to Chef Franco, I am sitting by the glass that looks over the open kitchen of “Casa Sarita”, where Chef de Cuisine Edridge Vaz is preparing my Indian style pumpkin curry making sure to avoid any ingredient that’s on my allergy list and make it compliant to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.

And when he brings it to my table, accompanied by some Goan unpolished rice, I can fully appreciate his talent in calibrating each flavor to perfection to create a flawless dish.

Indian Style Pumpkin Curry
Indian Style Pumpkin Curry

Mergol. Indian Style Pumpkin Curry (GF, DF, Paleo, AIP*)

Indian Style Pumpkin Curry
  1. Heat up the oil in a thick bottom pan, add the mustard seeds and, once they start to splatter, add the curry leaves, onion, turmeric, chilly and sauté for two minutes.
  2. Toss in the diced pumpkin and sauté for two more minutes.
  3. Add in the grated coconut, coconut milk, salt, sugar and water.
  4. Cover and let cook your Indian Style Pumpkin Curry until  tender. Enjoy!!
  5. Serve hot.

I am sure you are going to love this recipe as much as I did, and if you are looking for a tasty side dish that could replace rice (AIP reintro), prepare some cauliflower rice seasoned with coconut oil and coconut milk. And if now you are in the mood for an Indian dessert, check out this other recipe from the Park Hyatt Goa Pastry Chef for a delicious cardamom rice pudding.

Thanks for reading and sharing and don’t forget to pin the pinnable banner at the end of the post to your favorite board so that you can easily find this delicious Indian style pumpkin curry when you are ready to cook!!

Ciao and I will catch you next time!!


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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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  • Ann Bartholomew February 25, 2018 8:48 am

    Ingredients are listed, but not method/directions

    • ambra February 25, 2018 2:32 pm

      Ann, thanks so much for letting me know. I am sorry there was a technical glitch but now the procedure is up and I am excited for you to try this recipe!

  • Ann Bartholomew February 25, 2018 8:48 am

    Ingredients are listed, but not method/directions

  • Jason April 27, 2018 8:27 am

    Looks like it packs a spicy punch! Will give this recipe a try, thanks.

    • ambra April 27, 2018 8:31 am

      Nice to hear that Jason. I am excited for you to try this recipe!!

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