Indian kitchen is unfinished without the touch of turmeric powder. Holud/Haldi is just not spice for us; it’s auspicious, holy and medicinal. There is an entire ceremony of the big Indian wedding on its name - Holud Chaan/Haldi. This powerful spice is used in several ways to relieve ailments in a much better way than any prescribed medicine. Also, on a regular basis, Haldi Doodh (Turmeric Milk) is used to cure that nasty common cold.
Growing up, I ate a lot of pumpkin curry - sometimes non-vegetarian and sometimes pure vegetarian. Mom would always keep a little extra curry for me knowing that it’s my favorite vegetable and she still does the same. There is something about that dark orange shade; the sweetness and the creamy texture that makes me go for it as soon as my eyes fall on it. Whether you make something savory or sweet, blend it to make a soup or roast it, pumpkin is always very comforting and perfect to warm you up when the weather gets chilly outside.