Pumpkin, Lentil and Cauliflower Curry to Warm Up This Season
Curry is an Indian dish that often involves pepper and other hot spices, and which is a favorite for Americans who want to add a bit of heat and spice to their own cooking. During fall and winter you may have lots of extra pumpkin you want to use in your own cooking, and some pumpkin, lentil and cauliflower curry can be just what you need to keep you warm and use that leftover squash.
To Make Your Curry, You Need the Following Ingredients
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons mild curry paste
- 12 curry leaves
- 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup brown lentils, rinsed and drained
- 3 cups pumpkin, cut into one-inch pieces
- 1/2 cauliflower, cut into pieces
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup cream
How to Prepare the Curry
To prepare your curry, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook while stirring for about 3 minutes or until it softens. Add the curry paste and leaves and the ginger and keep cooking for another minute, stirring constantly. Add the tomatoes and water and bring this to a simmer.
Next, add both lentils and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the lentils are tender. Add the pumpkin and cauliflower and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the peas and cream and stir to combine, then remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the curry into bowls to serve. Serve with bread of any variety except perhaps pepper bread, which may be too hot and spicy.
Curry is a great dish on its own; like stew, it’s hearty and thick and fills you up. Using pumpkin and cauliflower in your curry gives you the nutrition you need and can help to use up your fall vegetables without them going to waste. Curry is also a very simple dish to make; you don’t need any fancy tools or equipment and curry paste and leaves are typically sold at specialty supermarkets or in the ethnic food aisle of a grocery store. Your dish is also very quick to make; it takes less than 45 minutes from start to finish to have a fresh bowl of curry on the table.
Try making your curry this fall and winter and see if it’s not the best dish you’ve ever had and if it doesn’t warm you up during the cold months!