Spicy Squash Stew
This is not really a curry, and it's not really a chili. It's a kind of in
between, and one of my favorites. Serve with rice, an assortment of
chutneys, roasted nuts, and sour cream on the side.
3/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 medium butternut squash, (about 1 pound), peeled & cut in 1/2- inch cubes
2 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup water
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups fresh or frozen green peas
2 tablespoons tamari
Freshly ground pepper
Serves 4 to 6
In a dry skillet, toast the almonds over medium heat for 5 minutes, until
lightly browned. Set aside and use the same pan to toast the sesame seeds.
Keep tossing the pan to prevent them from burning. In a food processor,
grind the almonds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pot or large wok. Saute the garlic and onion
over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. When the onions
begin to look translucent, stir in the squash, mushrooms, cumin, oregano,
chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Continue to cook over medium high heat
for 5 minutes. If the vegetables begin to stick to the pan, add 1 tablespoon
Add the tomatoes and just enough water to cover all the ingredients.
Partially cover with a lid and simmer until the squash is soft, about 20
minutes. Taste to adjust the chili and hot pepper seasoning. If more is
needed, add it now. While the vegetables are simmering, check every so often
to make sure there is enough liquid covering the vegetables. If not, add
When the squash is soft, stir in the ground almonds, sesame seeds, and the
cauliflower. Partially cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes, until the
cauliflower is soft. Stir in the peas and cook for 1 minute. When they turn
bright green, immediately remove from the heat. Season with tamari znd
freshly ground pepper, and serve.