Acorn Squash with Indian Spices

     What to do with half of an acorn squash? Many choices, but what flavors an I hungry for? Texture is very important - nothing mushy. Let's see, I have some onion naan in the freezer, so I think Indian will be the country of choice. My source of recipes this time? 1000 Indian Recipes by Neelam Batra. My recipe is a combination of several of the authors.

                                         Acorn Squash with Indian Spices

serves 4

1/2 medium onion finely minced
1 quarter sized piece ginger very finely mincd
2T oil
1 small green bell pepper
1 or 2 hot chili pepper, seeded and veins removed for less heat, if you wish
1tsp ground fenugreek
1T ground coriander
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2tsp kalonji seeds
1/4tsp tumeric
1tsp salt, or to taste
1 acorn squash, halved, seeded, peeled and cut into 1" cubes.
1/4c yogurt, whisked smooth

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil a baking pan and preheat 5 minutes. Spray a bit of cooking spray on all sides of the cubed squash and add to hot pan. Return to oven and roast until caramelized, about 20-25 minutes. Stir and turn every 5 minutes. Don't let squash get mushy. Baking time may need to be adjusted so squash caramelizes rather than steams and gets too tender. You want it fork tender only.
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About 10 minutes before squash is finished, cook onion, ginger and peppers in a bit of oil in a skillet about 5 minutes.

Add ground spices and mix well. Cook about 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Stir in squash.

Add yogurt and cook over medium heat until squash is done to your preference.
*I added about 1/4c diced, cooked pork as an afterthought. Very good.

Serve with and Indian bread (or use pita bread that has been warmed and buttered with a spice butter made with a little garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger and a hint of garam masala) and

                                                   Cilantro-Lime Chutney

makes 1/4c
1/8tsp toasted cumin seed, ground
1/4tsp Chat Masala - Found at Asian stores (--this is great with coriander on sweet potato fries)
1 hot pepper, chopped
1 quarter size piece ginger
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2T finely chopped onion
1clove garlic, minced
2/3c chopped cilantro, packed
2T dried mint leaves
1T fresh lime juice
1/4tsp sugar
1/4tsp salt

Process all in a food processor until smooth. Or chop very finely, which is what I do - adds a bit of texture.