Savory Pumpkin/Winter Squash Vegetable
5 cups of pumpkin or winter squash of your choice, peeled and chopped into 1- to 2-inch cubes (feel free to add in carrots, Brussels sprouts, or any other local fall vegetable)
1½ tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 to 4 bay leaves
2 Tbsp. grated ginger (fresh)
¼ tsp. asafoetida
½ tsp. turmeric
¼ tsp. gharam masala
½ tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. brown sugar
Steam pumpkin cubes for 20 minutes.
In a saucepan over medium flame, heat ghee until hot and add cumin seeds.
When cumin seeds are brown — stirring constantly — add ginger, bay leaves, asafoetida, and (last) add turmeric and gharam masala.
Add steamed pumpkin, stir, and cook for 5 minutes.
Add salt, coriander powder, and sugar.
Stir well, and then cover for 5 minutes.
Remove from flame and serve.
Adapted from a recipe by Chef Mosa at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.