Saturday, November 15, 2008

Curried Butternut Squash with Rice and Lentils

The other day after leaving the museum I work at, Sutro and I went to make our weekly farmer's market trip.  We got there but no no one else was!  Apparently it was done for the season.  Friday may still be there, though.  But I prefer the Tuesday one because for some reason Friday gets the crazy soccer mom crowd.  Tuesday is much more sedate, mostly retirees and the like.  I'm not fighting bleached, tanned, 30 somethings for a tomato.  Instead I hold a place in line for an older woman when she runs off to check if another vendor has "that delicious broccoli from last week that you just MUST get!"

So instead we head off to Sutherland because Claire has been raving about a vegetable market over there.  Plus there's the East Asian and Middle Eastern markets over that way.  We get over there and find the vegetable market selling Cruze Farm milk, but there are no local eggs.  Unless local is from Indiana.  Boo!  So we grab a butternut squash, some onions, non-local eggs (boo on us!), and a head of garlic.

Then onto Holy Land Market.  I was hoping to grab some of the celebrated Chicken Curry Salad to snack on before dinner was ready, but Sutro jumped the gun and ordered some funky and yummy meat pies before I got to ask for the CCS.  So we left with some Basmati Rice, Kahfir Cheese, and oil cured black olives, which were so very yummy.  Then we came home and made up dinner, naturally.




Curry Butternut Squash with Rice and Lentils

Note that you'll have time to prepare the rice while making this recipe.  I had some trouble peeling my butternut squash, so I actually chopped it into 6 big chunks and tossed them in some boiling water for about 3 minutes.  This softened them enough the the skin came off very easily.  Also, during a later meal of this, I poached an egg and topped the meal with that.  The drizzly yolk (I love gooey yolks) melded well with the flavor of the cheese.

4-6 servings (meals)

2 cups of prepared rice, warm.

1 cup of lentils, rinsed and picked through for stones
3.5 cups of water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped small
1 tsp whole cumin
1tbsp curry powder
2 large cloves of garlic
1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced.
Handful of greens (I used snowpeas)
1/2 to 3/4 c kafhir cheese

In a pot, fill with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of lentils.  Boil until soft (about 30 min).  When cooked, drain and add to rice.

While the lentils are boiling, in medium-large put oil, garlic, and onions over medium heat.  Cover and let cook until onions are translucent.  Put in butternut squash and 1/2 cup of water.  Stir in cumin and curry powder.  Cook on high, covered for 15 minutes.  Then uncover, toss in greens, and let cook until water is gone.

Serve with rice and lentils, add a scoop of butternut squash and greens.  Top with a dollap of Kafhir cheese dusted with curry powder.

3 comments:

camelia said...

Hello,


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on "Add your site"

Best regards,

Vincent
petitchef.com

Mary, CookEatShare Author Support said...

I’d like to personally invite you to join the CookEatShare Author network. CookEatShare has had over 2.5 million unique visitors in 2009, and I think they will be interested in your content. Users will be guided to your actual blog, so this is a free way to increase page views and visitors to your site.

Please visit http://cookeatshare.com/blogs/apply for additional information or contact me at mary@cookeatshare.com for more information, to get unique link to claim and customize your profile.

Christine said...

I see that you’re interested and fascinated in food stuffs. This is awesome Curried Butternut Squash with Rice and Lentils. You see, we have this food site Foodista.com (http://www.foodista.com) that is a food and cooking encyclopedia that everyone and anyone can edit. Maybe you are interested in sharing some of recipes to us or share your knowledge about food stuffs and techniques, or maybe you just like to write reviews about food, restaurant and recipes...why don't you visit us sometimes, if its food you're interested in, then we are interested in you. Don't hesitate to check us out.

I hope to see you there.

Cheers!