Kumror subzi

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: Bengali dish, Subzi | Tags: , , , , |


Preparation time: less than 30 mins

Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins

Ingredients :

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • large pinch ground asafoetida
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp panch phoran (a blend of equal quantities of fenugreek, nigella seeds, fennel seeds, cumin and mustard seeds), available from Asian supermarkets, also known as Bengali five-spice
  • 1-2 mild dried red chillies
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 level tsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
  • salt, to taste
  • sugar, to taste
  • 2 tsp ginger paste (available from Asian supermarkets, or make your own by crushing or blending fresh ginger to a rough paste, adding water if necessary to loosen)
  • 500g/1lb 2oz butternut squash(pumpkin/kumra), peeled, seeds removed, flesh cut into 4cm/1½in cubes
  • 200ml/7fl oz boiling water
  • 200g/7oz canned chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 1 tsp ground garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds

Method :

1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat. Add the asafoetida, bay leaf, panch phoran and chillies and fry for 1-2 minutes, stirring well to combine.

2. Add the onion, stir to coat in the spices, and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened and golden-brown.

3. Add the ground turmeric, cumin and coriander, the salt, sugar and ginger paste and stir well. Add a splash of water, stir and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.

4. Add the butternut squash pieces and the boiling water. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the butternut squash is tender.

5. Add the chickpeas, ground garam masala and fennel seeds and another splash of water if necessary to keep the mixture loose. Add more salt and sugar, if you like, to taste. Stir well and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through. Serve immediately.

Chef’s tip:

The butternut squash is cooked once a knife goes smoothly all the way through without putting any pressure on it. Cook the squash any longer than this and it begins to break up. Take care not to stir to often.


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