Autumn Pumpkin Rice
It has been a while since I have blogged something, so I apologise! I had a broken foot so I was not able to do a lot of cooking/ blogging/photography... But the broken foot gave me some time to stay home without moving and think of all the food I COULD be blogging about... So here is my first Autumn entry: Because I love pumpkin and always look forward to Autumn specially for this vegetable I am happy and proud to introduce to you my Autumn Pumpkin Rice.
This is a sweet and savoury dish which finds some roots in Maroccan dishes even though at the beginning, this was not necessarily the plan :)
WHAT DO YOU NEED (2-3 people)
- 1/4 pumpkin; peeled, deseeded and chopped in 1cm cubes
- 1 courgette; cubed
- 300g lamb mince (you can also use chicken, cubed or mince)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- a teaspoon of honey
- a handful of raisins
- a teaspoon of curry (you can add a little more to taste if you like)
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
- cooked rice for 2-3 people
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
- Firstly you need to pre-heat your oven at 200°C. Do this before you start chopping the vegetables, that way you don't have to wait. When the courgette and pumpkin are chopped, place them in seperate roasting tins and sprinkle some olive oil and salt on them. Use your hands to cover the vegetables with the oil and salt and pop both tins in the oven.The courgettes need about 10-15 minutes to cook and the pumpkin about 5 minutes longer. Just keep an eye on it as each oven is different.
- While the veggies are cooking, take your mince and brown it in a pan with finely chopeed garlic and some olive oil. Don't use too much oil because the lamb mince does render some fat, but that all adds to the flavour ;) If you are using chicken cubes or mince, you can do exactly the same thing.
- Once the meat has browned a bit, you can add the raisins and the curry. I use Sharwood's but any nice and fragrant curry that you like will do! Just don't confuse it with Thai curry ;) it is important to use Indian curry in this case. Stir it all in and allow for the raisins to puff up again. Add the rice once it is cooked as well.
- Check on the vegetables. When the courgette is ready, you can add it to the lamb and rice.
- Once the pumkin is cooked put it in a bowl and add the honey. Stir it in nicely so the pumkin is covered with a thin layer of heavenly sweetness!
- Then, you can add the pumpkin to the rice as well, and again, give it all a nice stir.
- Serve it nice an hot in a big bowl, grab a nice cosy blanket, sit yourself in the sofa and enjoy an ultimate comfort-food on a wonderful Autumn evening.
- Make sure you enjoy this season's colours - they will already be in your bowl with this dish ;)