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Recipe: Winter Squash Curry

I’m on a curry kick right now – and though it’s only just begun, the versatility of curries is amazing. The variety of curry powders out there is astounding; regional populations have cultivated hundreds of different spices used in their unique curry blends.  For those who aren’t familiar, curry powder is a combination of up to 20 herbs and spices and regional curries are based on those herbs and spices indigenous to the land. 

Potatoes, vegetables, and fruit are used in many types of traditional curry, so as we start a curry kick together, here’s a traditional recipe to ease you in.  I know a lot of people in the internet abyss aren’t curry lovers, but I encourage you to give this a try.  It’s very mild, not too curry-y, and a good warming winter meal.  If you wanted a little more protein, try adding some chickpeas or lentils to the mix!

Winter Squash Curry

Serves 8

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 3-4 pounds of squash (i.e. 1 small kabocha, 1 sugar pumpkin, 2 acorn squash), seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes (red or purple potatoes add nice color)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 bunch kale or collard greens, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat the olive over medium high heat and add the onion.  Saute for about 5 minutes, add the garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Stir in curry powder, salt, pepper and a tablespoon of water.  Cook for 1 minute or until the water has evaporated.

Add the squash and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the broth and raisins, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the squash begins to breakdown and the curry thickens.  Stir in the greens, replace the cover and cook for 5 more minutes.  Remove cover and cook for about 5 more minutes, until the vegetables are tender.  Garnish with cilantro.

218 calories ∣ 41 calories from fat ∣ 5 g fat ∣ 1 g saturated fat ∣ 42 g carbs ∣ 4 g fiber ∣ 7 g protein ∣ Good source of vitamins A, C, K ∣ Manganese∣ Potassium∣ Copper

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