Spiced Pumpkin and Greens Salad with Tamarind Dressing

Best For Lunch Dinner

Serves 2

Time: 45 mins


  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 cups chopped pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon rock salt

Spiced Pumpkin

  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 cups chopped pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon rock salt
  • Tamarind Dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 tablespoons jaggery powder
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped green chili
  • pinch of roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon black salt


  • 2 cups leafy greens (kalmi saag or kulfa saag or lettuce)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon jakhiya seeds, roasted


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c for 10 minutes.
  2. Dry roast the coriander and cumin seeds, then crush in a mortar and pestle.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed spices with the chopped pumpkin and rock salt. Mix well with your hands. Roast the spiced pumpkin at 180c for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the tamarind dressing. Heat a pot and dry roast the fennel seeds for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients of the dressing, except the black salt, to the pot and stir. Cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes until thick.
  6. Switch off the stove, add the black salt, and stir. Transfer into a bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  7. Separate 2 tablespoons of the dressing, and combine it with the leafy greens with gentle hands. Combine the remaining dressing with the roasted spiced pumpkin.
  8. Place the coated leafy greens in a serving bowl. Then add the spiced pumpkin on top, along with the remaining assembly ingredients, and serve.


  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Pumpkin is a rich source of antioxidants like beta-carotene, which supports eye health and provides immune-boosting benefits.
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Pumpkin is loaded with essential vitamins (A, C, E) and minerals (potassium, magnesium), contributing to overall well-being and supporting bone health.
  3. Digestive Aid: The combination of coriander, cumin, fennel seeds, and tamarind in the dressing can aid digestion and provide relief from digestive discomfort.
  4. Low-Calorie and Nutrient-Dense: This salad is low in calories but high in nutrients, making it a great option for those looking to manage their weight while ensuring they get essential vitamins and minerals.
  5. Heart-Healthy: The use of rock salt and the absence of excessive oil make this salad heart-healthy, promoting cardiovascular well-being.
  6. Balanced Sweet and Spicy Flavors: The tamarind dressing, with jaggery, ginger, and green chili, provides a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors, making the salad more enjoyable.
  7. Gut-Friendly: The roasted cumin powder, along with the tamarind, can contribute to a healthy gut environment.
  8. Hydration: The water content in leafy greens and the dressing contributes to hydration, supporting overall health.
  9. Variety of Greens: The use of different leafy greens like kalmi saag, kulfa saag, or lettuce adds a variety of nutrients and textures to the salad.
  10. Texture and Flavor Contrast: The addition of pomegranate seeds and roasted jakhiya seeds provides a delightful contrast in texture and flavor, enhancing the overall eating experience.

Including this Spiced Pumpkin and Greens Salad with Tamarind Dressing in your diet can offer a flavorful and nutrient-packed meal with a range of health benefits for your body.

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