’Tis the season for pumpkin, as you all well know. I feel like I’m a latecomer to the party since I haven’t posted anything with pumpkin yet this fall! I realize that there’s no shortage of pumpkin recipes in the blogging world; nevertheless, I’m going to make it up to you. Every Friday from now until Thanksgiving I’m going to post a different pumpkin recipe. I decided to start with a savory dish, since pumpkin is most commonly used in sweet applications (and I guess I’m just a little bit of a rebel like that, lol).
This curry has a nice balance of sweet, spice, and heat. I like to squeeze fresh lemon juice on top right before serving for a little tang. It’s great served with basmati rice or naan bread, or eaten on its own as stew.
Makes 4 (1 cup) servings
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium-large onion, diced
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon crystal salt
1 large tomato, diced
1-2 jalapenos, deseeded if desired, and minced (more or less to taste)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons Garam Masala Spice Mix, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 vegetable (or chicken) flavored soft bouillon cube
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups water
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup coconut milk
Fresh lemon wedges (optional; for serving)
Fresh parsley or cilantro leaves (optional; for garnish)
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; add the onion, carrot, and salt, and sauté until the onion is starting to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger and cook 2 minutes; add 1 teaspoon Garam Masala, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, and bay leaf and cook 1 minute more.
Add the bouillon cube, pumpkin, and water and bring up to a boil. Cover the pot (leaving the lid ajar), and turn heat down to simmer; cook until the carrots are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the chickpeas and cook 3 minutes, then add the coconut milk and cook 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.
Serve with fresh lemon wedges to squeeze on top, garnished with fresh parsley or cilantro, if desired.
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I’m sending this recipe off to Swanson’s 2011 Blogger Recipe Contest!