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Indian pumpkin chicken curry – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Indian pumpkin chicken curry

This pumpkin chicken curry it’s a seasonal take on the classic butter chicken Indian with an extra soft and velvety touch.

I decided to start from the traditional butter chicken recipe to explore new gastronomic horizons, creating a seasonal variant that welcomes and enhances pumpkin as the main ingredient.

The Murgh makhani, known by the name of Butter Chicken, is a typical dish of the Indian gastronomic tradition characterized by a particular marinade of the meat, with spices, yogurt and lemon juice. This step gives the meat a succulent texture when cooked and a unique flavor.

The traditional recipe involves cooking in the traditional oven tandoorbut you can use the grill of your normal home oven and then sauté in the pan with the creamy part, or manage the entire cooking in the pan, as I propose today.

The final touch that can’t be missed? Fresh coriander (which you can replace with parsley if you really don’t like coriander) and a handful of crumbled cashews, which will add texture and chewiness to every bite.

While maintaining the characteristic elements of butter chicken, such as the inevitable Garam Masala*, I replaced the tomato sauce with pumpkin puree. In this way a simple chicken curry is transformed thanks to the sweet and autumnal note of pumpkin, with an even more velvety and enveloping consistency.

It’s not the first time I’ve told you: pumpkin goes perfectly with the warm spices typical of Indian cuisine (but also Thai, have you ever tried mine Thai pumpkin soup?), creating a surprising balance between the flavors.

The video recipe for my pumpkin chicken curry

You can find it on mine Instagram channel @lennesimoblog.

properties, benefits, uses and contraindications – Gordon Ramsay’s version

cinnamon benefits

With its sweet and spicy aroma, the cinnamon it has been loved and used around the world for centuries. But how much do we know about this spice with a thousand virtues?

There are those who cannot do without it in desserts and there are those who experiment with savory dishes to give complexity to the recipes: the cinnamon it is one of the most used spices ever.

From its distinctive aroma to its sweet, warm and slightly spicy flavour, this spice promises to enrich every dish.

Cinnamon: what it is and origin

There cinnamon it is obtained from the internal bark of different species of trees of the genus Cinnamomum, commonly known as cinnamon trees. The most common varieties are the Cinnamomum Zeylanicum and the Cinnamomum Cassiabut there are also other varieties.

Known since ancient times, it seems to have been used in China two thousand years before Christ and considered as a spice with a thousand therapeutic and healing properties: Mithridates, king of Pontus in the 1st century BC, included it in his Tiriaca, the mixture of spices and herbs, created by the sovereign himself as an antidote to many poisons.

Even Ovid himself, in the Metamorphoses, connects the myth of the Phoenix to the sweet aroma of this spice. This is why it is among the oldest spices known. Although coming from the East, with its intense perfume and therapeutic power it conquered nobles and aristocrats from all over the world, so much so that it earned the title of spice of kings being used as a gift by queens, cinnamon was also the basis of the commercial power of Venice, a crossroads and meeting place between the European and Eastern economies.

The bark of the younger branches is cut, treated and dried until it takes on its particular “parchment” appearance cinnamon that we all know.

The Italian name “cinnamon” derives precisely from the straw shape that allows the spice to be identified in all supermarkets and grocery stores. The name “cinnamon” instead derives from Arabic and literally means “scented plant from China”.

Today the cinnamon we use comes from the island of Ceylon in Sri Lanka and there are different varieties: the most used are the “true” or Ceylon one (Cinnamomum zeylanicun). The bark of these trees is cut and dried. We find it cut into sticks, in powder or in the form of essential oil.

Cinnamon: properties and benefits

cinnamon benefits

In addition to its irresistible aroma, it offers health benefits that make it a valuable spice in our daily diet. What are the benefits of cinnamon?

  • Antioxidant properties: It is rich in powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body, helping to protect cells from damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • Diabetes control: Studies have shown that it can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels, helping to control type 2 diabetes.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: The oils present have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and relieve symptoms of conditions such as arthritis.
  • Cardiovascular benefits: Cinnamon is not bad for the heartIndeed, consuming this spice regularly can help improve heart health, reducing LDL cholesterol levels (the so-called “bad cholesterol”) and blood pressure.
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties: Between properties of cinnamon there are also antibacterial and antifungal ones linked to its compounds capable of fighting harmful bacteria and fungi, helping to prevent infections and improve general health.
  • Promote digestion: It has the ability to promote the secretion of gastric juices and activate trypsin: a digestive enzyme. In this way it helps the stomach to break down ingested foods more easily. Being rich in fiber and a good source, calcium, iron and manganese can provide relief from constipation and aid the intestine in digestion.
  • Weight management: Why cinnamon makes you lose weight? It could promote weight loss thanks to its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and slightly increase metabolism.
  • Cinnamon and sexual properties – It has often been associated with potential sexual health benefits as it is thought to increase libido and improve blood circulation, potentially influencing sexual response and male fertility.

How to use cinnamon in cooking

Cinnamon cookies

Cinnamon has proven to be a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory. Here are some ways to use it in the kitchen:

  • Sweets -It is a key element in many traditional desserts, such as cakes, biscuits, breads and baked desserts. Prepare one apple and cinnamon cake or Cinnamon cookies or add a spoonful of cinnamon powder it can give an irresistible touch of sweetness and heat to pancake mixture.
  • Drinks – This spice is also delicious in drinks, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cocktails. Add a cinnamon stick to a cup of chai tea or a splash of cinnamon powder to a hot chocolate creates a warm and enveloping drink perfect for cold days.
  • Savory dishes – It may seem strange to some, but cinnamon can also be used in savory dishes, such as stews, curries and meat marinades. Adding a pinch of cinnamon to a chicken curry or beef chili can add depth and complexity of flavor.
  • Condiments – It is a common ingredient in many condiments, such as cinnamon sugar and baking spice mix. These seasonings can be used to add a touch of sweetness and spice to a variety of dishes and desserts.

Recipes with cinnamon, some ideas to try

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Few have not yet experienced it cinnamon in cooking. If you are among them, here are some delicious recipes that use cinnamon.

Apple Crumble

Ingredients for apples

  • 6 Golden or Renette apples;
  • 50 g of cane sugar;
  • juice of half a lemon;
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

Ingredients for the crumble

  • 150 g of 00 flour;
  • 80 g of cold butter;
  • 125 g of cane sugar.


Peel the apples, then cut the apple into small pieces and pour it into a large pan, adding some sugar and lemon juice. Immediately afterwards, cook everything on high heat in the pan for about 5 minutes. At the end of cooking, turn off and sprinkle with cinnamon, stirring the mixture very quickly.

Immediately afterwards, blend the soft butter, sugar and flour together in a container to obtain a rough, crumbly mixture. Then pour the apples into a baking tray that you have previously lined with baking paper, then level everything with a wooden spoon and cover with the well-crumbled mixture.

Create a uniform but soft surface on the pan, without pressing it excessively. Bake the pan in the preheated oven at 180° for about 30 minutes until the crumble is cooked and golden. Finally, remove from the oven, leave to rest for a few minutes and then serve in a cup with vanilla ice cream on top.

Mulled wine


  • 1 and a half liters of red wine;
  • 3 cinnamon sticks;
  • 250 g of cane sugar;
  • 10 cloves;
  • 2 oranges;
  • 1 lemon;
  • 1 apple;
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg.


Wash all the fruit very well, then remove the zest from the oranges and lemons and cut the whole apple into rounds. Immediately afterwards, carefully pour the wine into a large pot, together with the cinnamon, sugar, cloves, apple slices and the peel cut into small pieces.

Finish the dish by pouring a pinch of nutmeg into the pan. Let everything cook over a low heat until it reaches the boil and until the sugar has completely dissolved. Finally, mix everything very carefully and serve while still hot.

Natural remedies with cinnamon

As is easy to imagine, i benefits of cinnamon make the spice a widely used ingredient among natural remedies.

For example, being antibacterial, it can be used to combat infections of the pharyngeal tract. Just boil a cup of water and dissolve in it 2 tablespoons of honey, 2/3 of ground cinnamon (or a good bit of grated cinnamon, if you have chopped cinnamon) and a handful of pepper. Bring everything to the boil and drink as if it were a good hot tea. The spicy scent clears all the respiratory tracts in a minute and the antiseptic properties of cinnamon reduce thethroat inflammation.

Another way to fight winter bacteria is to take a piece of cinnamon and boil it in a little water in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. Mix the decoction obtained with the milk and add a little cocoa. This is a good morning habit for adults and children, as it contains cinnamon natural antibiotics.

Furthermore, being also an extraordinary antifungal, it helps to inhibit the growth of fungal organisms (such as candida, which many women suffer from). Obviously little can be done with i natural remedies if you are already in an advanced stage, it is therefore advisable to intervene at the first symptoms.

You can put two drops of essential oil in the diffuser to kill bacteria in the air and improve the environment.

The essential oil can also be used to make fumigations by dissolving a few drops in boiling water and breathing the released steam by covering the head with a towel or to increase the effect a few drops can be spread on the chest when the bronchi are blocked by mucus.

Cinnamon-based cleansers and creams therefore exploit the antioxidant power as a disinfectant and thanks to the presence of eugenol and its antiseptic properties it is excellent against acne.

There are many creams on the market with cinnamon extract that cure capillary fragility at a mature age thanks to its polyphenols which also have an effective sebum-regulating activity.

How much cinnamon can you eat in a day?

The amount of cinnamon that you can eat in a day It depends on several factors, including age, body weight and general health. However, research suggests that consuming cinnamon moderately as part of a balanced diet is safe for most people.

The case is different with supplements containing cinnamon. A safe daily dose of cinnamon powder for adults is usually indicated as approximately 5-6 grams per day, which corresponds to approximately half a teaspoon.

Cinnamon: contraindications

Cinnamon contraindications

Cinnamon is generally considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts as a food spice. However, there are some contraindications and precautions to consider:

  • Gastric irritation: Excessive consumption may cause gastric irritation, especially if consumed in large quantities or concentrated doses. This is especially true for people with stomach ulcers or other gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Interactions with drugs: May interact with some medications, including those used to control diabetes, as it may affect blood sugar levels.
  • Allergies: Some people may be allergic to cinnamon or substances found in the spice, finding themselves facing allergic reactions that may include skin rashes, itching, swelling or difficulty breathing.

Pasta and beans: curiosities about one of the most loved dishes – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Pasta and beans: curiosities about one of the most loved dishes

In the collective imagination, Italian cuisine is synonymous with pasta. And among the most loved and well-known dishes, there is undoubtedly pasta and beans. This simple dish, but rich in flavor and tradition, embodies the essence of Italian cuisine: thelove for the ingredients of quality, the passion for homemade cuisine and the importance of sharing at the table. But what makes pasta and beans so special? Let’s find out together.

The history of pasta and beans

Peasant origins

Pasta and beans was born as a poor dish, typical of peasant cuisine. Its main ingredients, pasta and beans, were easily available and inexpensive, making this dish a perfect solution for feeding large families. Despite its humble origins, pasta and beans has managed to conquer palates all over the world, thanks to its incredible versatility and unique flavour.

Evolution over time

Over time, pasta and beans has undergone numerous variations, adapting to the different Italian regions. In some places, for example, they prefer to use fresh pasta, while in others they opt for dried pasta. Likewise, the type of beans used can vary, as can the presence or absence of other ingredients, such as tomato or lard.

The charm of pasta and beans

A versatile dish

One of the most fascinating aspects of this pasta is its versatility. This dish can be prepared in many different ways, depending on personal tastes and local traditions. It can be served as a first course or as a main course, it can be enriched with spices or aromatic herbs, it can be made lighter or more substantial. In short, pasta and beans is a dish that lends itself to infinite variationsalways making it new and interesting.

A symbol of Italian cuisine

But most of all, this delight is a real treat symbol of Italian cuisine. This dish represents Italians’ love for good food, their passion for quality ingredients and their ability to transform the simplest products into delicious dishes. It is no coincidence that pasta and beans is one of the most loved dishes not only in Italy, but throughout the world.

Pasta and beans, with its humble origins and incredible versatility, represents the essence of Italian cuisine. A simple dish, but rich in flavor and tradition, which continues to conquer palates all over the world.

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