The distinct aroma of pumpkins signifies the start of the autumn season and the coming of colder weather and frost. It is widely used in almost all cuisines owing to its incredible versatility for adapting to any dish. The fruit is an important ingredient in sugary sweets, flavored drinks, coffee brews, traditional dishes, and curries. Pumpkin benefits include being rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which makes them an excellent addition to the diet. As it turns out, The Holy Prophet (SAW) very much liked pumpkins as well.
Combining pumpkin and meat together in a single dish delivers animal proteins and pumpkin benefits to the human body. The meat was also liked by The Holy Prophet (SAW) and especially liked it in tirit and other dishes. It contains Vitamin B12 along with essential amino acids which the body cannot produce on its own. The Holy Prophet (SAW) liked the taste of pumpkins and asked His (SAW) wife Hazrat Aisha (RA) “O Aisha, when you cook, add pumpkins abundantly, because it strengthens the heart” (narrated by Abu’l-Hasan bin Dahhaq). This hadith goes to show that the Holy Prophet (SAW) was aware of the pumpkin benefits and liked its taste as well. These benefits can be traced to the nutrients in pumpkin.
About Kadu/Pumpkin Benefits
The combination of pumpkin and meat in kadu gosht is a time tested recipe which delivers flavor and nutrition when eaten. Similarly, pumpkin can be paired in numerous other recipes to achieve culinary perfection in dishes. The Holy Prophet (SAW) liked pumpkin so much that he favored it over the meat, proving that pumpkin benefits go way beyond their taste.
Hazrat Anas (RA) narrates that “I saw the Prophet being served with soup and containing gourd (pumpkin or squash) and cured meat, and I saw him picking and eating the pieces of gourd” (Bukhari Volume 7, Book 65, Number 348).
Pumpkin also brings blessings to the food it is put in and increases its quantity which sates the hunger of more people. Hazrat Jabir (RA) quoted from his son Hazrat Hakem (RA) that he entered The Holy Prophet’s (SAW) home and saw pumpkin being cut into pieces. When he asked what that was for, He (SAW) replied: “Something we put in our food to increase it” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah). Pumpkin benefits include sating the appetite while adding little to the caloric count.
Pumpkin by nature is cold and provides relief from stomach inflammation. It facilitates digestion with its high fiber content and prevents cancer with its high antioxidant content. The nutrients in pumpkin make it a very healthy food. The fruit boosts the immune system with its vitamins and minerals which ensures the body remains safe from diseases. It also combats prostate cancer and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Hazrat Anas bin Malik (RA) narrated that a tailor invited The Holy Prophet (SAW) to a meal comprised of barley bread and soup containing pumpkin and cured meat. The Holy Prophet (SAW) favored the pieces of pumpkin in the dish, so I have always liked the pumpkin since that day (Sahih Muslim). The nutrients in pumpkins supply the body with essential minerals, micronutrients, and macronutrients such as complex carbohydrates and proteins.
About Gosht/Meat Benefits
Meat is considered the king of all meals and contains the full range of amino 20 amino acids, including 9 essential ones which cannot be synthesized by the human body. It contains abundant quantities of vitamin B12 which is only found in animal-based food sources. Similarly, it is rich in protein content, with 100 grams of beef delivering 26 grams of protein, which is necessary for building muscle and new cells.
Lean protein is a clean source of energy and provides approximately 17 kj per gram. It can be cooked and eaten on its own, though there are innumerable recipes to cook meat. It can serve as either the main dish or compliment another ingredient that takes the main role of the recipe. Cured meat can be stored for longer times and prepared when necessary, although modern refrigeration can deep freeze meat for indefinite storage.
As narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (RA), “Meat was brought to the Prophet. The shoulder was handed over to him, as he liked it. He had a bite of it” (Related by Ahmad, Al-Bukhari, and Muslim).
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Kaddu gosht recipe is a famous Middle Eastern dish known across all households. Each one has its own variation, but the base of the dish remains the same. Following is the list of ingredients needed for preparing pumpkin/kaddu gosht recipe:
|01||Chicken||1 kilogram||Boneless, cut into bite-sized cubes|
|02||Green Pumpkin||1, large||Chopped|
|03||Tomatoes||4, large||Peeled, coarsely chopped|
|04||Onions||2, large||Peeled, evenly chopped|
|05||Garlic||2 cloves||Peeled, finely chopped|
|06||Ginger||1, small||Peeled, minced|
|07||Chili powder||1 teaspoon||Powder|
|08||Haldi/Turmeric powder||½ teaspoon||Powder|
Pumpkin/Kaddu Gosht Recipe
Following is the recipe for the preparation of pumpkin/kadu gosht recipe. Preparing the dish will be very easy with these detailed steps and delivers the complete nutritional profile of pumpkin benefits. It is a rewarding dish that can be enjoyed with family and friends, just as per the Sunnah of The Holy Prophet (SAW) to eat together.
- Heat a wok over medium heat and add 6 tablespoons of cooking oil to it. When the oil is hot, add the onions and sauté until they are brown and caramelized (about 6-8 minutes).
- Add the tomatoes to the wok and sauté until they are soft and almost pureed with the onions.
- Add salt, chili powder, and turmeric powder. Stir to evenly distribute the contents.
- Add ½ cup of water and stir frequently. Proceed to the next step when the oil starts separating from the onions and tomatoes, coming to the top if left unstirred for a while.
- Add meat to the wok and fry it for 10-12 minutes until tender. Cover with lid and let it simmer on medium heat.
- When the oil starts separating, stir in the pumpkin.
- Add 1 cup of water and cover with the lid. Cook until the pumpkin is tender and breaks easily.
- Take care not to overcook the onions since the burned taste is carried throughout the dish.
- Stir the onions and tomatoes frequently to prevent them from sticking and burning with the wok base (non-stick woks eliminate this issue).
- Undercooked meat can cause salmonella, Cook it until well done.
- Cook the pumpkin until it has completely been tenderized and can be easily mashed with the back of a spoon.