This is a winter pumpkin dish my grandmother used to make. It was one of my favorites. She used to use a small deep orange pumpkin, I am using a Japanese pumpkin, called Kabocha squash, because that is what I have on hand. I also like Kabocha because it has a creamy, sweet flavor.
- 1 medium Kabocha squash
- 3 Tbsp of ghee ( if you want to keep it vegan use grape seed oil instead)
- salt and pepper to taste
Starting at the 6 O’ Clock position, and then going counter clockwise the spices are as follows:
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 20 pods of green cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
- Chop the Kobocha into large pieces. Keep the skin on if the squash you are using has an edible skin. There are lots of nutrients and fiber in the skin.
- Using a spice grinder, grind the 20 cardamom pods into a fine powder. The cardamom powder is shown in the small bowl on the lower right.
- Toast the cumin seeds. Let them cool to room temp. and grind into a fine powder. The toasted cumin powder is shown in the small bowl on the lower left.
Traditionally, this dish is served with plain home made yogurt, lentil soup and rotis. You can buy the yogurt or make your own using My Mom’s Yogurt recipe. The lentil soup is called dal, I posted my Autumn Dal (split mung beans with kale) last year.
Today I served it with spicy pan-fried Black Drum that my hubby brought home 2 days ago.
Here is a photo of his catch and how I prepared it.
The Black Drum is the large fish on the far right. The 4 little fish are trout. My hubby fileted the fish and I coated the filets with my Indian Spice Mix.
I then pan fried the filets and then de-glazed the pan with our local Texas, Messina Hof Gewurztraminer. I made a pan sauce by adding a pat of butter. Gewurztraminer pairs well with spicy Indian food.
RECIPE TIP: Use the wine you are going to drink to make the pan sauce. This way the dish will match your wine.
I am so lucky to have a hubby who catches fish for me. I rarely get a Black Drum catch, so I was so glad to have it.
Hope you like this recipe. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.
- 2 large bunches of green beans
- 2 cups of fresh shiitake mushrooms
- 1 large bunch of cilantro leaves
- 1 small red onion
- 2 inches of fresh ginger
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 green chilies (serrano or Thai Bird)
- 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons Sambal Oelek (Indonesian hot chili paste available in most U. S. markets)
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (this ups the umami flavor)
- 1 teaspoon of black bean garlic sauce
- white pepper and sea salt to taste
- Trim the ends of each bean and cut it into thirds. You will end up with 4 cups of prepped beans.
- Mince the chilies, ginger and garlic
- Thinly slice the onion and mushrooms
- Tear the cilantro leaves from the stems
- Cut the lime so that we have it ready to squeeze later in the recipe
- Coat a large stainless steel skillet with 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
- Add the onions, chilies, ginger, garlic, yellow mustard seeds and half the coriander leaves. Reserve the other half of the coriander leaves for garnish.
- Turn the flame to medium and sauté till golden brown
- Add the shiitake mushrooms
- Continue sautéing till the mushrooms are brown and caramelized
- Deglaze the pan with the fish sauce and the soy sauce
- Add the green beans along with the Sambal Oelek, the black bean/garlic sauce and the oyster sauce. Toss everything together
- Cover with a lid. Cook for 5 minutes. The beans will stay green and crunchy.
- Turn the flame off and leave the lid on till you are ready till serve
- Just before serving adjust the salt and pepper to taste and toss in the reserved cilantro leaves for a pop of freshness.
Serve on a platter and top off with a fresh squeeze of lime juice. Here I have served it with Asian Brown Rice Pilaf and Sesame Crusted Black Fin Tuna.
HOPE YOU LIKE IT. LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS.
I am very lucky to have a husband who catches fish for me. He is very good at cleaning and fileting the fish. Once he preps the fish, I cook some right away and the rest I freeze in food saver bags. Whenever the freezer starts looking empty, he goes fishing again. On his last fishing trip, he had his first ever catch of Black Fin Tuna.
He cleaned the fish and carved out four loins. I used two loins for this recipe and froze the other two. In retrospect, I should have made Poke from the two I froze. This fish was so good, that I shouldn’t have frozen it. Next time I will make Poke and post it.
INGREDIENTS: serves four
- four, 6oz to 8oz pieces, of tuna (if you don’t have Black Fin Tuna, then you can substitute Ahi Tuna which is more readily available.)
- 2 tablespoons of peanut oil to coat the pan and 1 tablespoon to coat the fish
- 1/2 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of white sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons of black sesame seeds
- lime to squeeze on top
- I made an Asian Spice Mix by combining the following:
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon crushed Szechuan peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon crushed white peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
PREPPING THE TUNA:
- Coat the tuna with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil
- Sprinkle all sides with an even coating of the Asian Spice Mix
- Combine the black and white sesame seeds
- Roll the oiled and spiced fish pieces in the sesame seeds to coat evenly
COOKING THE FISH:
- Coat a large nonstick skillet with 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and 1/2 a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil
- Turn the flame to medium-high and get the oil hot. Not smoking hot, just hot.
- Add the fish and toast the sesame seeds 30 seconds on the large sides and 15 seconds each on the thinner sides. The seeds will toast and the fish will remain rare in the center.
Squeeze some lime on top just before serving. The lime brightens up the flavor.
This can be served with a veggie, a grain or a salad. I have served it here on a bed of Asian Brown Rice Pilaf and a side of Green Beans and Shiitake Mushrooms.
I will post the Asian Brown Rice Pilaf in the future. For now please go to my Buckwheat Pilaf recipe. Use Brown rice instead of buckwheat. The cooking time will be longer, about 45 minutes on low heat. Use peanut oil instead of grapeseed oil. Use yellow mustard seeds instead of the black ones. Leave out the cumin seeds and peas. Instead of black pepper use white pepper. This changes the Indian flavor profile to an Asian flavor profile.
ENJOY AND PLEASE LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENT SECTION. I love to hear your feedback.
Dover sole stuffed with artichoke and onion. Served on a bed of Buckwheat Pilaf surrounded by Blistered Tomatoes.
Ingredients: Serves 3
- 3 large fillets of Dover Sole (any flat, thin fish can be used)
- 2 table spoons of my Italian Spice Mix (I make it with equal parts, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, red chili flakes)
- 5 table spoons olive oil
- 1 small onion (in the photo you will see 3 tiny ones grown by my neighbor, Billy)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 8 ounces frozen artichoke hearts (you can also use canned, jarred or fresh)
- 1 table spoon each of fresh oregano and fresh thyme (you can use any herbs you like)
- 1 table spoon capers
- 1 tea spoon tomato paste (optional)
- 2 large sun-dried tomatoes (yields 2 table spoons when minced)
- salt and pepper to taste (I prefer course sea salt and whole pepper corns in a grinder)
Prep: the fillets (see photo above)
- Rinse the fillets with cold water and pat dry between paper towels.
- Place dried fillets in a glass baking dish.
- Salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with Italian Spice Mix , and drizzle 1 table spoon of olive oil. Rub the mixture into the fillets and flip them. Repeat the process on the second side.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.
Prep: for the filling
- Mince the onion, garlic, and capers
- Dice the artichoke hearts (center bowl)
- Separate the oregano and thyme leaves from the stems and tear into small pieces
- Mix 2 table spoons of olive oil, with the minced sun-dried tomatoes and tomato paste. (bowl with reddish liquid)
Cook: the filling
- Saute the onion and garlic in 1 table spoon of olive oil till lightly browned (add a little black pepper to taste. DO NOT add salt at this point.)
- Add the herbs, stir them in for 30 seconds (for an extra kick you can add a sprinkle of red chili flakes.)
- Add in the capers and the tomato/olive oil mixture. Stir and cook for another minute.
- Add the artichoke hearts. Saute to caramelize them until they are lightly browned. At this point, adjust the salt to your taste. You may not need additional salt because the capers are salty.
- Set aside in a glass bowl. Cool to room temperature before filling the fish fillets.
Prep: Filling the fish fillets
- Set out a piece of parchment or foil paper (I have used “Martha Wrap”. This is foil on the outside and parchment on the inside.)
- Place filling on the fillet (see photo above) and make a roll
- Place seam side down and wrap closed (see photo above)
Bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes
When you open the packet the fish will be flaky, moist and sitting in a deeply flavored savory sauce. Don’t throw the sauce away. I have plated it (sauce and all) on a bed of Buckwheat Pilaf. You can plate it on many things, such as; rice, Polenta, noodles–the endless possibilities are up to your imagination.
Hope you enjoy this. Let me know what you think.