1 kg pumpkin or butternut sqash, cut into large chunks
Olive oil to drizzle
1 tblsp garam masala
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 green chilis, slit lengthways
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500 g (after soaking and cooking) black-eyed beans
150 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 x 400 ml tin coconut milk
Place pumpkin pieces in a bowl, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix to coat evenly and arrange in an oven-proof plate in a single layer. Roast at 180 degrees until the pumpkin is soft and tender.
Heat olive oil in a large pan and add the mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the chilies and the onion and cook till the onion is soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the beans, mix well, and add the tomatoes. Cook for another couple of minutes.
Now add the turmeric, a good pinch of black pepper, 1 tsp salt and the coconut milk. Heat gently and add the pumpkin. Cover and heat through, checing for salt and chili.
For one kilo of chicken thigh meat (without skin and bones – METRO has it)
3 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 (real) cinnamon sticks
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
6 cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated
6 cloves garlic, crushed
Chili to taste, for example 1 tsp chili powder, or 2 fresh chilies
1 tsp salt
200 g tinned tomatoes or tomato passata
2 tblsp tomato concentrate
1,5 tsp ground cumin
A half tsp ground turmeric
3 tblsp full-fat yoghurt
1 tsp garam masala
Heat the oil and fry cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks shortly. Then add the onions and cook on medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
Blend the ginger, garlic, chilies and salt with just enough water to make a coarse paste.
Add the paste to the onions and simmer for a couple of minutes. Then add the tomato and cook for a few minutes to a thick paste, stirring occasionally.
Then add the tomato concentrate and the rest of the spices. Simmer.
Whisk the yoghurt and incorporate it, once tblsp at a time. Cook through and let all the flavours meld.
Add the chicken and simmer for arund 30 minutes. Before serving, add the garam masala and heat through.