Pumpkin & Pomegranate Raita

by Kiran on November 12, 2014 · 24 comments

in Indian, Raita, Sides

While strolling into the kitchen, something caught the corner of my eyes. A few pumpkins that have been sitting out for a while now, begging to be used.


So, I marched towards the refrigerator to gather more inspiration.

Pumpkin & Pomegranate Raita | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
I spotted something else that needs to be used ASAP.


And so, pumpkin raita was born due to desperate attempt at salvaging pumpkins and yogurt.

While this was all unraveling, it was also lunchtime, so I needed to fix something that matched the speed of lighting before I collapse from hunger.

Boy, I seriously need to get better at grocery shopping.

Pumpkin & Pomegranate Raita | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food

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Serves 4


  • 1 cup of pumpkin, lightly steamed/roasted & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup thick yogurt
  • 1 sprig of mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 tsp toasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • salt & black pepper, to taste


  1. Toss everything into a bowl and serve as a side dish. Best eaten with curries, lentils or just with a spoon!
  2. I didn’t add any additional salt because the ready-made chaat masala had enough seasonings.


Pumpkin & Pomegranate Raita | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
With chicken curry, steamed basmati rice and a side of pumpkin-pomegranate raita in tow — lunch was salvaged in the most delicious way possible. The best part? We avoided food wastage.

Have you salvaged anything recently, into something so delicious? Spill out your dark secrets 🙂

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1 Glamorous Glutton November 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

This raita looks wonderful, a great idea and it will perk up lots of dishes. GG

2 Carol at Wild Goose Tea November 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Considering the ingredients & spices, this has got to be delicious. It is really extra special putting it in the pumpkin as a serving dish.
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3 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You November 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I love cucumber raita and I’m sure that I will be crazy for this pumpkin one.
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4 Rosa November 13, 2014 at 2:26 AM

Beautiful presentation and delicious raita. So colorful and healthy.



5 Dixya November 13, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Lately i have been using salad greens to make soups
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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

So pretty, love the pumpkin & pom combo!
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7 Lail | With A Spin November 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Colorful and healthy raita. Beautifully presented, Kiran.
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8 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

It looks so beautiful and appetizing!
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9 Alice November 14, 2014 at 3:02 AM

The most beautiful use of pumpkin yet and definitely a food maker, not waster. I love the colours too!
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10 Samina | The Cupcake Confession November 14, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Oh My Yummm!!!!! This hits just the right spots for me! Raita is the most favorite accompaniment to any meal for me and you’ve taken it to a whole new level of awesomeness by adding the pumpkin!!!!! L.O.V.E.!!!!
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11 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com November 15, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Beautiful photos, Kiran, as always. Love everything in this recipe, especially yogurt and pomegranate seeds!
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12 Von November 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

I do that too!! 🙂 First look in the fridge, then freezer than pantry….usually by then I come up with something but it rarely does it turn out as yummy looking as this 😉 Your little pumpkin cup is so cute!
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13 Raymund November 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Wow what an amazing presentation. Love the photo as well as the recipe.
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14 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 18, 2014 at 6:05 AM

What a great idea! I think cleaning out the fridge of leftovers is how a lot of delicious recipes get created and this is no exception 😀

15 Kitchen Belleicious November 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

sweet and savory and perfect in the presentation in the cute little bowl made of the pumpkin
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16 MyKabulKitchen November 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Love the presentation!! I actually have tried yogurt/pumpkin in a sweet combination but love your savory take 🙂

17 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen November 19, 2014 at 4:52 AM

Such a pretty mix of colors!
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18 JayanthiSindhiya November 19, 2014 at 5:09 AM

Raita looks stunning,nice clicks

19 John@Kitchen Riffs November 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Love the idea of pumpkin raita! Just brilliant. Great recipe, really fun pictures — thanks.
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20 Nusrat Azim November 20, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Genius way of using up pumpkin and yogart! For some reason I feel safe when I replicate my mom’s recipes. But some amazing food bloggers like yourself pushes me to get out of my comfort zone.

Thanks for the push, sweetheart 🙂

Cute, cuddly raita pictures. Hugs.
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21 Ash-foodfashionparty November 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

What an interesting combination for raita, love it.
Missed seeing your beautiful pics and awesome recipes.

22 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 21, 2014 at 2:53 AM

Salvage food? Uhm, I think I do it everytime 🙂 I love your creativity with ingredients!
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23 Jen November 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I want I want I want!
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24 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com December 4, 2014 at 11:39 PM

My idea of inspiration for recipes is very similar to yours: whatever in the refrigerator has to be used right now gives me lots of cooking inspiration (and motivation!) 🙂
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