Friday, April 9, 2010

Sweet Primal Pumpkin Curry

Curry is an excellent go-to meal for anyone, but especially those following the Primal/Paleo lifestyle. Full of flavor, fresh ingredients, and yes, there is little protein in this dish, but if that worries you, just sauté some chicken/beef/mutton (mutton is EXCELLENT in this curry) to add and there you go.

Serves 4

13 ounces pumpkin
1 onion
1 cup water
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, or Bacon grease
2 cloves garlic
2 slices ginger
1 bay leaf
3-4 chili peppers
pinch of cinnamon
chicken stock (homemade)
1 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together:
1 tsp clove spice powder
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cardamom seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds

Making the Broth:
Step 1.
Slice half the pumpkin into thin slices (or puree works).

Step 2.
Put the putter in a pot with about half of the julienned onion.

Step 3.
Once the butter has melted, add in the chicken stock and the pumpkin slices.

Step 4.
Once cooked through, add the contents of the pot to a blender with the milk and blend.

Step 5.
Strain to remove any solids, and heat under medium heat.

Step 6.
Taste and add salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste.

Making the Curry:
Step 1.
Heat a tablespoon of oil and add the bay leaf and chili peppers.

Step 2.
Add in crushed garlic and the rest of the onions. Stir evenly.

Step 3.
Caramelize the onions, add in the other half of the pumpkin (cut into bite-sized rectangles) with the tomato sauce and the four mixed spices. Stir evenly.

Step 4.
Bring to boil and add salt, pepper, cinnamon to taste. Turn off the stove, you are done!

In a bowl, add some of the curry and fill up the rest of the bowl with the broth. If you have other people eating with you who are not following the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, rice works well as does a bread bowl.

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