Families in India are most extended and most varied.. You have grand parents,aunts,uncles,maternal aunts, paternal aunts etc etc…Most of the time one grows up in a very small nutshell surrounded by his / her family members and extended family members. The best part about staying and growing up in an extended family is the varied culture, traditions and recipes which we learn…When the recipes from grand moms and mom is a treasure…recipes from great aunts is also a beautiful present…Recipes from the aunts tell us about the beautiful fusion which they did to club the way the grand moms cook and the way a modern Indian cooking is done…And that is absolutely fabulous! 🙂


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Use of authentic ingredients, spices, low oil, less calories and beautiful modern transformation…This is what is reflected when your aunts cook. Isn’t it?

Mushrooms are one of our core favorites and we love the soft chewy texture it has… Mushroom sandwiches, puffs, fried and curries are simply addictive. Did you know? Mushroom is the only natural source of Calcium? This is one of the core reason that why at my home, mushroom is prepared almost twice a week during season. 🙂


Today I would like to give you a sneak peek into my authentic Indian curry prepared using fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and seeds.


As you all know that I have started a series of recipes using seeds since a month, my fourth experiment goes with the Pumpkin seeds by using True Elements Pumpkin seeds, from True Elements, in my traditional recipe. 🙂 True elements offers a range of high-quality snacks and supplements that are inspired by natural foods consumed by our ancestors. Let’s learn little about the Pumpkin seeds before moving forward.

  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc.
  • They are an excellent source of Vitamin E and healthy fatty acid like Omega 3 fatty acid.
  • It contains a wide variety of antioxidant phytonutrients including several phenolic acids and lignans.
  • It also contains healthy phytosterols.
  • In addition, pumpkin seeds are also a rich source of protein, especially Tryptophan.
  • It contains no GMO and is gluten free.

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Pumpkin seeds can be consumed raw for maximum health benefits. You can simply add these seeds to your sautéed vegetables or salads. They can even be incorporated into your favorite burgers or added to your beloved breakfast cereal or even to your cookies. A paste of pumpkin seeds with garlic, parsley, cilantro with olive oil and lemon extract can be used as a tasty salad dressing.Also you can prepare delicious Indian curries with extra punch by using these Pumpkin seeds.


I prepared my unique Shabnam – E- Khaas recipe using Pumpkin seeds just like the way my aunt use to prepare. Pounded with extra nutrition and flavors, this simple yet unique recipe of Mushrooms rules the heart of my family.

Let’s have a look at the recipe:

 Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins


  • 1 pack fresh mushrooms – Clean and halved
  • 4 fresh tomatoes
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 1 badi ilaichi
  • 1 tsp True Elements Pumpkin seeds + 4 cashews (Soaked in milk)
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Mirch
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil



  • Slit tomatoes + Onions in 4 pieces.
  • Put them in 2 cups boiling water
  • Add garlic cloves + ginger + green chilli + all the raw spices ( cloves + peppercorns + ilaichi)
  • Let them boil for 10 mins. Drain the water and let it cool down.
  • Grind it into a fine paste
  • Grind True Elements Pumpkin seeds and cashews well
  • Now heat olives oil and fry the pumpkin and cashew paste till done
  • Add grounded spices
  • Fry well
  • Add mushrooms and salt
  • Let it simmer for 5 mins on slow
  • Sprinkle coriander leaves

Shabnam – E- Khaas is ready! 🙂


Check out my other recipes of this series on the blog.

Looking for breakfast recipes? This power packed Chia Chocolate Pudding will surely carry you away! 🙂

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