South Indian Squash Curry with Jasmine Rice

South Indian Squash Curry with Jasmine Rice

¾ Cup Jasmine Rice
1¾ Cups Light Coconut Milk
4 Cloves Garlic
1 Butternut Squash
1 Stalk Celery
1 Bunch Cilantro
1 Shallot
1 1-Inch Piece Ginger
2 Teaspoons South Indian Curry Spice Blend (Cumin Seeds, Brown Mustard Seeds, Cayenne Pepper & Ground Turmeric)

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the ends of the squash; using a knife, carefully peel. Separate the neck and bulb of the squash; halve the bulb lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds; medium dice the squash. Peel and mince the garlic and ginger. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Small dice the celery. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems.

In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

While the rice cooks, in a large, high-sided pan (or pot), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the squash and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened.

To the pan, add the garlic, ginger and as much of the spice blend as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the shallot and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

Add the coconut milk (shaking the can just before opening) to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until thickened. (Be careful not to boil, as the coconut milk may separate.) If the curry seems too thick, gradually add up to ¼ cup of water to achieve your desired consistency. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the cooked rice and finished curry between 2 dishes. Garnish with the cilantro. Enjoy!

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