Halloween will soon be upon us, so I thought I’d start early with a pumpkin recipe so that you can make use of your Halloween pumpkin. A few more will follow in the coming weeks to help you figure out what to do with your used Jack ‘O Lanterns, don’t throw them away, eat them! This Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Curry is a great hardy dish, and it can also easily be made into a soup by adding more stock. It’s sure to warm you up on a chilly All Hallow’s Eve!
Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Curry
– 1 Tbsp sesame oil
– 1 large onion, roughly chopped
– 3 garlic cloves, chopped
– 500 g / 1.1 lb pumpkin or butternut squash, deseeded, peeled and cubed
– 2 small sweet potatoes (about 400 g / 0.9 lb), peeled and cubed
– 400 g / 0.9 lb baking potatoes, cubed
– 1 medium cooking apple, peeled, cored and diced
– 2 tsp mild curry paste
– 1 tsp turmeric, plus extra to garnish
– 2.5 cm / 1 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped
– 2-3 bay leaves, torn into pieces
– 1 vegetable stock cube
– 1/4 cup raisins
– Seasonings (salt and pepper)
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until golden.
Add garlic, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and apple. Stir in the curry paste, turmeric, ginger and bay leaves. Add 500 ml / 1.05 pints water, the stock cube, raisins and plenty of seasonings. Bring to the boil, stirring, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender.
Spoon into shallow bowls and top with a pinch of turmeric. Serve with flatbread, if desired
When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, or roasted, or made into various kinds of pie, a traditional staple of American Thanksgiving, alone or mixed with other fruit; while small and green it may be eaten in the same way as the vegetable marrow. It can also be eaten mashed or incorporated into soup. If milk is poured into a pumpkin and baked, it can be made into a pudding. In the Middle East, pumpkin is used for sweet dishes; a well-known sweet delicacy is called halawa yaqtin. In South Asian countries such as India, pumpkin is cooked with butter, sugar, and spices; this dish is called kadu ka halwa. In Australia, pumpkin is often roasted in conjunction with other vegetables. In Japan, small pumpkins are served in savory dishes, including tempura. In Thailand, small pumpkins are steamed with custard inside and served as a dessert.
(Pumpkin information, source Wikipedia)
So if you liked Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Curry – next week I’ll be back with another great recipe and tips on what to do with your left over Halloween pumpkins. So don’t dispose of them, we’re gonna eat them!
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