Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
A mild and slightly sweet curry using kabocha squash and butternut squash. Can be made with chicken or left completely vegetarian. Additional vegetables, such as sliced bell peppers and spinach are delicious additions.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 plum tomatoes or 4 cherry tomatoes, diced
- 2 cups pureed kabocha squash
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 pinch chili powder (or more, if you prefer spicier curries)
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled, cut into bite-sized chunks and roasted
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- To make kabocha puree: Preheat oven to 375. Halve a kabocha squash and place both sides cut side down in a baking dish. Fill the baking dish with water. Bake for 40 minutes or until the flesh can be easily pierced with a knife. The baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your kabocha. Remove the kabocha from the oven and let cool. Remove and dispose of seeds using a spoon. Scoop out the flesh using a spoon. Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the flesh, adding water until you have a smooth puree.
- To roast butternut squash: Preheat oven to 450. Remove skin and cut the butternut squash into bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes or until the squash is soft and has just started to caramelize.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil at a high heat in a heavy bottomed pan. Add chicken and cook until sealed. Take chicken out of the pan and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium, add onions and ginger and stir until onion has become translucent. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds more.
- Add chopped tomatoes and kabocha puree to the pan, bring to boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add stock, coconut milk, curry and chili powder. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add chicken and roasted butternut squash and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add cilantro and additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with naan and/or rice.
I grow both butternut and kabocha squashes in my garden and knew this recipe was for me. I had some squash from Pureed Squash Butternut, Acorn Any Hard Winter Squash! in the freezer to use up. I followed the recipe's instructions pretty closely, other than peeling the tomatoes first and adding extra curry powder to taste. The only thing I would do differently is add an extra chicken breast next time to balance the squash. This was delicious served over rice with extra cilantro. Thanks, Ziggy_Star! Made for Spring PAC 2013.