Moose had asked for my stewed pumpkin recipe. Since it's a rather crazy week for me and Halloween is falling on Trini Tuesday, I thought I'd post it. I love this stuff. Give me a dish of stewed chicken over rice with a side of stewed pumpkin and a bunch of paratha roti and I am a very happy girl. Yes, TTfootball, I know that's an odd combination even for Trinis but it is my favorite.
TT asked for information about Bolivia compared to Trinidad. I'll try to do that the next time I do a Trini Tuesday post.
STEWED PUMPKIN a la Lime
4 cups (I'm guessing since I ususally fill a small pot with pumpkin) of peeled and diced pumpkin (butternut squash works when pumpkin is not available)
oil for frying onion and garlic, not a ton...Don't ask me for exact measurements. I learned this from an Indian housewife not a cookbook. Just throw some in the pot ok?
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
1/2 of a small yellow onion
1 potspoon (a good Trini measure...it means whatever big spoon you are stirring with) of brown sugar
-Mince the garlic and dice the onion.
-Heat the oil over medium high heat and fry the onion and garlic .
-Add the pumpkin chunks and turn them all over in the pot to cover them all with oil.
-Cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium low and let it all cook down to mush.
-Check it very occasionally and give it a stir. when it starts getting soft mash it up with the spoon.
-Once it is completely mushy, add the brown sugar and stir it all in.
-If it gets too runny, cook it longer to dry it out some. If it seems too dry (which I have never seen happen unless you cook it too hot) add just a dribble of water (And you know, I cook like this even if I have a cookbook, you'll have to learn to live with it.)
-When it's done it looks pretty gross, kinda like overly soft, mucousy, orange mashed potatoes...hungry yet? I still love this stuff!
-Serve it over rice and enjoy it!
Happy Trini Tuesday!