Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pumkin and Lentil Korma

Vegetable boxes are great. Delivered to your door, you never quite know what will be in there until you open it, a birthday every week ! As well as the joy of finding unknown vegetables I find it also encourages me to use up what is there as well, if only to make room for the next lot. Like the big green pumpkin (well squash to be strictly correct) that has been in the larder for a week. But what to do with it ? Well how about a mild and warming pumpkin korma using some of those big green lentils waving at me from another shelf. Add in some onions and spices and simmer it all in coconut milk and . . . my idea of Winter heaven really!

- Peel and slice up a couple of onions and fry slowly in some oil and butter along with a chopped up clove of garlic.
- Meanwhile peel the squash (maybe a third of a big one), scoop out the seeds and chop into bite sized chunks.
Then look through your spices - I kind of new what I was after but usually open a few jars and smell them until I find a few that go together.
- Once the onions are soft, sweet and turning honey coloured tip them out into a bowl
- Bring the heat up and pop in the squash and cook on a high heat until they brown at the edges and soften a bit.
-Lower the heat again, put the onions back in along with the spices. I used a teaspoonful of ginger root (grated out of the freezer) the same of ground cumin along with half a teaspoon of whole seeds a teaspoonful of ground coriander seeds. Next comes half a teaspoonful each of of turmeric for colour and earthyness, ground cardamon for fragrance and the same of cinnamon because it goes well with all squashes and says Winter to me. Finally a pinch of chilli powder adds a little warmth.
- Add in a couple af handfuls of lentils, a handfull of blanched almonds, the same of cashews and stir it all around to mix the flavours for a minute or two.
- Pour in a can of coconut milk (400ml) and enough water to cover everything and leave to simmer softly until the lentils are cooked, twenty minutes to half an hour probably. Add more water if it gets a bit dry looking and stir every now and then to stop it sticking.
- Finally squeeze in the juice of a lemon and add salt if it needs it.

Serve just as it is with a big splodge of creamy sour cream, more sliced almonds and lots of coriander and mint leaves for freshness.

Yummy ;-)

Oh and this is the sort of dish that reheats well, so make it the day before and have it when you come in tired and cold . . .

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uno said...

hmmm yummy .. I really like this food looks so delicious .. .. I want to try it

Peter said...

don't stop yourself then - make some and go for it!

Anonymous said...

I tried it, its gorgeous. I'll put a link to it in the cooking forum where I write and I'll probably translate it in bulgarian. Thanks a lot for this gorgeous recipe!

Peter said...

I am glad you liked it . . .

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