A few other vegans from a group on Goodreads, Vegan_Cooking_Cookbooks & I have come up with the idea to have a little cooking challenge, all of us using one main ingredient, for which the pumpkin was chosen.
I will add the links to the other members' blogs later on as well, so you can see more pumpkin dishes! ;-)
I've never cooked savory foods with pumpkin, so I was intrigued to come up with a dish!
After spending a while online and surfing through a couple of recipes, I found one that looked just perfect! ;-) I absolutely love my other Chickpea Curry, so the idea of making a curry with pumpkin sounded perfect!
I don't know what this pumpkin is called exactly, but after my kids were so disgusted by its look with all the 'pimples', it's now called a "Pimply Pumpkin" in our household *lol*
Pumpkin Curry with Red Lentils
*1 small pumpkin
*3-4 carrots, diced
*1 onion, diced
*~1 tsp of minced garlic or 1 clove of fresh garlic
*1 Tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
*1 c red lentils
*~3-5 c vegetable broth (or water)
*1 can of (lite) Coconut milk
*1 Tbsp curry powder
*Salt, pepper, celery salt to taste
Step 1) Rub pumpkin with olive oil and some kosher salt and put in the oven at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for ~20 mins or until an inserted knife comes out easily
Step 2) While the pumpkin is in the oven, dice the onion and add to a heated pan [I used my pressure cooker] with the EVOO until they look glassy (~5 min). Add the garlic and let it cook for another minute.
Step 3) Add the diced carrot together with the curry powder to the onion-garlic mix, maybe a splash of water, and mix around. Let the mix cook for another minute or so.
Step 4) Add the red lentils and broth (you might need more then 3 cups possibly), close the lid of your pan [or in my case pressure cooker] and let everything cook until lentils and the carrots are done. [For the pressure cooker it only takes a few minutes, ~5]
Step 5) Once everything is cooked, add the coconut milk (I scoop the top part off and use it in order to get the thick part), taste and voila! :)
Serve with Couscous or Basmati rice (I prefer the latter but we didn't have any anymore so I used couscous).
Guten Appetit! =)