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Pumpkin Rice – Children’s Health Food

Pumpkins are very popular in cooking. It can be fried, boiled,
steamed, baked and even roasted. Small pumpkins can be eaten as
squash or zucchini. Mashed pumpkin can be used in soup. In
Middle East, pumpkin is used for making desserts such as halawa
and yaqtin. In China, the leaves of pumpkin are used as an
ingredient in soups. In India, kadu ka halwa is made from
pumpkin, butter, sugar and other spices. In Japan, some take
the pumpkin to serve as tempura. In Australia, pumpkin is
commonly roasted before consumed. In Italy, pumpkin is used
with cheeses for ravioli. In Thailand, small pumpkins are
steamed with custard, sugar and coconut milk mix to become a
Thai dessert – pumpkin custard.

Usually, kids like to eat pumpkin. It might be due to its
sweetness taste and the cheerful color – orange. My kid likes
to eat pumpkin meals as well. My wife started feeding him with
pumpkin meals since he was 1 year old. Now, he is six years old
and still likes to eat pumpkin very much. Pumpkin is his
favorite food, and no matter the meal prepared in soup,
porridge, rice, steam or stir fry, he will always ask for
pumpkin.

I would like to share with you one of the simplest and easiest
way to prepare pumpkin cooking. You can prepare it in meal box
and let your children bring them to school. Normally, I will
add it with green peas to make the dish looked better and also
more nutritious. Here is the Pumpkin Rice recipe.

Cooking Methods: (servings for 4 to 5 people)

Ingredients:

a) white rice 160g rinse clean and take off the water
b) Pumpkin 220g removed skin and cut into cube
c) Chicken breast 130g cut into cube
d) Dried mushroom 7 pcs soak till soft, rinse off the water and
cut into cube
e) Dried prawn 35g soak till soft, rinse off the water
f) Onion small 5 pcs, cut slices
g) Water 350ml ( including water of soaking mushroom &dried
prawns)
h) Green onion few

Seasoning materials:

a) Soya Sauce 1 ½ tbsp
b) Dark Soya Sauce 1 tbsp
c) Salt half of tsp
d) Sesame oil 2 tsp
e) Pepper 1 tsp

Method:

1. Marinate chicken breast with few starch flour and soya sauce
together with sugar for about 30 minutes.
2. Heat up the oil, fry onion small until fragrance and ready
to use.
3. Heats up the oil again, fry fried prawns with low flame and
add in mushrooms continue by put in the chicken. Stir fry till
half cook; add in white rice and the seasoning materials. Put
into rice cooker and add in water and cook till 80%.
4. After that, add in pumpkin and onion that fried earlier and
cook the rice till dry.
5. Loosen out the rice,put some green onions when ready to
serve.
6. Completed.

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Cooking Tips:

1. Australia pumpkin normally easy to cook than local pumpkin,
hence don’t cut too small, around 1.5cm to 2 cm will do.
2. Separate the fried onion to two servings, one can pour into
the ingredients while half cook, another servings can use when
ready to eat. This will help the taste.
3. Chicken breast can replace by chicken thigh.
4. Water levels that use to cook rice depend on the type of
rice that you use. Use the normal cooking water level as
reference
5. Use fresh mushrooms, put them into hot water, then rinse
off.
6. if use pot to cook, you can follow the same method (1) to
(3), put all ingredients (except pumpkin & fried onion)
into pot, put in appropriate water and cook till water is
boiled. Don’t use too big flame, change to medium flame till
water dry off, continue by low flame and add on the pumpkin and
fried onion. You may want to stir it from time to time so that
the rice won’t stick to the pot.

I was born in Bangkok, Thailand. I do not treat cooking as a
job. Instead, cooking is an important element in enriching my
life. My passion and talent in cooking was actually
stimulated by my father, who was a chef in one of the hotel
in Bangkok. I have been cooking since I was 13 years old. I
learned a lot of useful secrets in cooking Thai cuisine from
my father. I have prepared countless of dishes since I began
cooking. Some recipes are even come from my innovative idea.
It is hard to express the honors and happiness that I have
every time when I see my customers, friends and family enjoy
taking my cooking. Visit my website to find out more recipes
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