Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This is my take on an Indian-style Madras curry, using Kabocha squash instead of meat. While I'm certainly no vegetarian, this dish contains no meat, and depending on your outlook, may suit your meat foibles.
- 1 kabocha squash (typical 2-3 lb size)
- 1 medium onion
- 1⁄4 cup flaked coconut
- 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder
- 1 tablespoon ginger (1 thumb)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Thai red chili peppers
- 16 ounces plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Clean Kabocha squash and carerfull cut in two. Scrape out and discard seeds and pulp.
- Use a vegetable peeler and peel the skin.
- Save the Kabocha skin and fry it up for a really great alternative to potato chips if you wish.
- Dice the squash into bite-sized cubes.
- Toss the cubed squash in a large bowl along with olive oil, salt, and a sprinkling of garam masala powder.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread squash cubes out on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour. When done, remove from oven and set aside for later use.
- Dice one medium onion into medium-sized pieces.
- Finely grate one thumb of ginger, or be lazy and use 2 teaspoons of ginger powder.
- Finely dice up three cloves of garlic, or use minced garlic or even garlic powder if you wish.
- Carefully dice up at least two Thai chilies (the fiery small green ones) or more, according to how much of a whallop you want this curry to pack.
- Heat up a splash of olive oil in a wok or large pot, to a medium or so heat suitable for frying.
- Add in onions, ginger, chilies, and garlic.
- Keep stirring and allow to lightly brown, and add 1 tablespoon of Madras curry powder.
- Continue to stir so that the curry powder gets heated up, and add in the cooked Kabocha squash cubes.
- Keep stirring so the cubes get coated with the curry powder.
- Turn down the heat on the oven and fold in 16 ounces of plain curry. This will not be a "wet" curry, so if you want more sauce, you'll have to tinker with the recipe.
- Stir that goodness up but don't let it overheat.
- Add in 1/4 cup of flaked coconut, preferably unsweetened.
- Cook the whole mess for a couple of minutes, and dinner is ready.
- Serve over rice and enjoy.