- 1 pound butternut squash or pumpkin or winter squash, cubed into 1 ½ inch pieces)
- 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes – cubed into 1-inch pieces – please see notes.
- 3 tablespoons ghee ( you could sub olive oil, but ghee absolutely makes this dish)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 whole cardamon pods, broken open ( green if possible)
- 1 teaspoon nigella seeds (optional)
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds ( black mustard seeds if possible)
- ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (or sub 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves-add with tomatoes)
- 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon asafoetida powder (optional)
- 1 medium tomato, diced with juices
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or Amchoor powder-mango powder)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
( You want a total of 2 pounds squash and potatoes combined.)
Serve with Fluffy Basmati Rice
- Prep your winter squash and potatoes- making sure potatoes are cut a little smaller than squash-see notes.
- Gather all your spices together, the cooking part will go fast.
- In a large, heavy bottomed, or cast iron skillet, heat the ghee over medium heat.
- Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, whole cloves, smashed cardamon pods ( including shell) , nigella, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and sauté until they begin to crackle.
- Add the yogurt, chili powder, cumin, coriander, ground turmeric, optional asafoetida powder, and fry 3 minutes.
- Add the tomato and its juices and the lemon juice. Cook 2 minutes. Add water, salt and stir.
- Add the potatoes and the winter squash, give a stir, cover tightly and simmer gently 15-20 minutes until tender. Check for doneness. You want the potatoes to get tender, being careful not to overcook the butternut… so continue simmering covered, until potatoes are fork-tender, adding a splash more water to loosen up the flavorful sauce.
- Give a final stir, turn over onto a serving dish, scraping out all the goodies out of the bottom of the pan, piling it over the squash and potatoes. Remove the bay leaves if you like, or use them as a garnish.
- Serve with Fluffy Basmati Rice.
You want a total of 2 pounds squash and potatoes combined.
Cut potatoes smaller than squash, because they take a little longer to cook. Use peeled russets, or a non-waxy potato-like yukon ( a “drier” potato) for the best texture. With thin-skinned potatoes, you won’t need to peel. Waxy potatoes like red, or small whites, don’t allow the flavor to soak in quite as much and take a bit longer to cook.
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