Sunday, September 2, 2012

Spicy Cheesy Pumpkin Focaccia

When Kalyani announced this month's Magic mingle's magic ingredients pumpkin and chillies, initially i want to go for a simple dal based curry or a stir fry. But finally i decided to make a fantastic flavourful,spicy and super cheesy focaccia with frozen pumpkin chunks. Usually when its peak season of pumpkin here, i'll get them and back home, i'll clean them immediately and chop them as small cubes, i'll freeze them in individual ziplock bags for further use. This method is quite handy, very useful whenever you feel like making dishes like  soups,curries or simple stir fries with them.

I quickly pressure cooked those frozen pumpkin chunks without water upto 3whistles and used them in this focaccia by mashing with my fingers instead of grinding as fine puree. I spiced this super colourful focaccia with chopped red chillies, few crushed garlic cloves, chopped coriander leaves and topped with grated cheese. Needless to say this cheesy flavourful focaccia vanished very much easily and we enjoyed having them simply with grilled meats and salad for our dinner.

2cups All purpose flour
1cup Wheat flour
1/2cup Oats (grounded as fine powder)
1tbsp Active dry yeast
1tsp Salt
1/2tsp Sugar
1no Red chilly (chopped) or 1tsp red chilly flakes
3nos Garlic cloves
1/2cup Cooked & mashed pumpkin chunks
1/4cup Luke warm water
5tbsp Olive Oil (shaping,greasing)
3tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped)
1/2cup Cheese (grated)

Mix the sugar, salt and yeast in luke warm wate, let them sit for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile take the flours,grounded oats in a mixing bowl, add the mashed pumpkin chunks, chopped red chilly or red chilly flakes,crushed garlic cloves,gradually add the foaming yeast and olive oil, mix everything well.

It will be stickly at this point, transfer them to lightly floured surface n knead for few minutes, until they turn soft dough..

Coat a deep bowl with olive oil, place the soft dough and brush with more oil, cover it and let it sit for 1 hour in a warm place.

After an hour,punch down and grease few drops of oil to the baking square pan, press the dough to flatten them, springle the chopped coriander leaves over the dough and let them sit again for 1 hour.

The dough will again rise,double in sizen now springle the grated cheese over the dough..

Preheat the oven to 350F, place the baking pan in middle rack,bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust turns brown..

Serve them with grilled meats, salads.


  1. this is a lovely idea and I can imagine the lethal combo of pumpkin and cheese

  2. hey this is awesome. I have a new found love for pumpkin so would try this soon :)

  3. wow priya i am sre if i give u plain water...u will makea recipe with it...gr8 nutritious recipe

  4. great way to feed pumpkin to kids. Very creative

  5. never tried bakin with this combo...would love to try this one thanks for sharing :)

  6. looks so healthy & delicious...mouthwatering!

  7. wooow love the cheesy focaccia....

  8. what a fantastic way to use pumpkins Priya!!! :)

  9. This is all new recipe.. Cheese and pumpkin both are my kids favourite.. I love to try

  10. lovely priya, looks super tempting!!!!

  11. this one caught my eye, very creative.

  12. A very clever idea of use of Ingredients. Pumpkin and chillies would be a great combination. Sweet and chillies perfect combination.

  13. super delicious .Join me in Fast Food Event- Pasta : and

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  14. this looks so amazing...definitely on my must try list!!!

  15. Omg... Very innovative n fantastic recipe...

    Event: Dish name starts with O

  16. Amazing Priya, cant finish this on my own :)

  17. Looks yumm.. Amazing and delicious...

  18. Love focaccia any time - breakfast or snack.
    This looks delicious.

  19. amazing bread, have been meaning to visit and check on this since u posted..but....
    .ah..what a wonderful bread..looks delicious!

  20. I am planning to shamelessly steal this recipe for tonight;s dinner

  21. mouthwatering pumpkin focaccia...!

  22. Truely creative and looks yummy! I will try this soon, may be using some whole wheat flour!

  23. Looks amazing! WIll try this out sometime soon. Was great to meet you at Bloggers Buzz. Loved your enthusiasm.


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