A vegetable for every reason

A vegetable for every reason

Halloween to the West, clumsily obese person to the rest, the pumpkin or kadduhas many a meaning for us. Then there is the aspect of it being food: Here too it shows as much versatility, lending itself to a variety of dishes, from sweet to savoury, low-cal to high-cal, local to global. The Americans have it for Thanksgiving, in the form of the deliciously creamy pumpkin pie, ensconced in a biscuity crust and served with a dollop of whipped cream; the Italians make a risotto of it.

Every fortnight, we pick one item and tell you why it is good for you and how you can make it part of your meals

shreya.r@livemint.com

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