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Acorn Squash Masala Fry

Today I saw these winter squashes in sprouts for sale, when I said SALE, it was real cheap, they are for 60 cents. With a thought of trying some new vegetables in this new year, I have picked up Acron Squash and Spaghetti Squash. After coming home our Nanny (who is also a passionate cook) said she has a good recipe for Acron squash, and she uses the same recipe for Indian Pumpkin (గుమ్మడి కాయ / బూడిద గుమ్మడి కాయ) also. I am just portraying this recipe from our Nanny Kusuma aunty and all the credit goes to her.


Source:  Kusuma Aunty (Our Nanny)

Ingredients:
Acorn Squash - 1 medium
Onion - 1 medium
Green Chilies - 2

Cloves - 3
Cinnamon - 2 flakes
Cardamom - 1
Red Chillies - 2
Urad Dal  - 1 Tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 4 to 5
Ginger - 1 inch stick
Garlic  - 3 to 4 cloves


Coconut Powder - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder (Paprika) - 1/2 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder  1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 1 Tbsp (Indians can use lemon size బెల్లం / गुड )
Chopped Cilantro - 1/4 cup
Preparation:

  1. Take the Nonstick pan and put it on the stove. Add oil to the pan and heat it for 1 min.
  2. Add the Clove, Cardamom and Cinnamon sticks to the oil.
  3. Add the Red Chillies, Urad Dal, Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds followed by the Curry Leaves.
  4. Once the seeds start spluttering add the thinly sliced Onions and Green chillies.
  5. Grind the Ginger, Garlic and Coconut Powder in the Mortar with Pestal ( or use small blender to make a paste).Add this mixture to the pan and fry for 2 min.
  6. Cut the Acorn Squash horizontally and Seed out, cut the Acorn Squash into big 2 inch cubes and add it to the pan. (Do not peel the Acorn Squash).Close the lid and simmer for 5 min.
  7. Then add the Brown Sugar and cook it for 1 min.
  8. Add the Salt, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder and Garam masala powder. Close the lid and cook it on low flame for 10 min.
  9. Check the tenderness of the squash it should be soft. Then take it off from the heat and garnish with chopped cilantro. 
  10. Yum! Yum! Yum! Squash Masala Fry is ready, get ready with Hot White Rice to taste this winter squash delicacy.


Notes:

  • As we do not peel the skin, wash the Squash thoroughly before cutting. 
  • The reason for the peal-on is the squash becomes tender so soon while getting cooked, leaving peel makes it firm with out getting mushed up.

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