1 1/2 qts. peeled, 1 1/2-in. chunks kabocha* or other orange-fleshed winter squash (from a 3-lb. squash)
About 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 onion, halved and cut into half-moons
1 or 2 red or green serrano chiles, minced
1 cinnamon stick (2 1/2 in.)
20 fresh curry leaves* or 6 dried bay leaves
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 can (14.5 oz.) coconut milk
1 cup salted roasted cashews
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Steamed basmati rice
How to Make It
Sprinkle squash with 1/2 tsp. salt. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown half the squash in oil, turning once, 6 to 8 minutes; reduce heat if squash starts getting dark. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with 1 tbsp. oil and remaining squash.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp. oil in another large frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer half to the nonstick frying pan and reserve other half in a bowl.
Add chiles, cinnamon, and curry leaves to onion in pan. Cook, stirring often, until curry leaves are very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add turmeric, cumin, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
Return squash to nonstick frying pan (with onion) and add coconut milk. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in cashews and lemon juice, and add more salt to taste. Top curry with reserved onion and serve with rice.
*Kabocha peels are edible. Find curry leaves in Indian markets.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without rice.
This recipe is delicious! All of the people I've served it to rave about it and some have even asked me for the recipe. I have substituted bay leaves when I could not find curry leaves and while my guests love both versions to me the addition of curry leaves is amazing. This recipe is a winner!
This is really tasty. I didn't have curry leaves so used a teaspoon of curry powder and it was good. Also I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin. My husband wished there was meat in it... maybe some shrimp he thought.
It was pretty tasty, although I really wish it had more pumpkin flavor! Next time I think I'll use a different kind of pumpkin and possibly add some pumpkin puree. But even though it wasn't super pumpkiny, it was still really great and I'll for sure make it again!
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