While browsing through my old recipe posts, I noticed that I was short on interesting side dishes and tantalizing salads. How did it come to that? Well, I believe side dishes are not really recipe worthy material and often I feel they are just too simple and uninteresting. Is it just me or how do you feel about recipe side dish posts? I am picky and I want to share new recipe ideas and not just plain ol’ mash potato and buttery Cauliflower chunks. I know they taste fantastic and yes they go with many popular mains but honestly, do you really need a recipe for those?
Perhaps I am taking it too far and in fact you, my reader, would welcome side dishes and salads. If that is the case then don’t hesitate and let me know. Oh and in general if you have any recipe requests then don’t feel shy, just send me a mail or leave a comment in one of my posts and I ll get back to you asap!
Potato and Vegetable mashes/purees are a frequent treat in my house. Simple and quick to make, they had to end up often on our dinner table. Potato mash is for sure the most common puree type in the whole world, yet did you know you could turn other veggies into delicious kicking mashes as well? Vegetables such as Pumpkin, Carrot, Cauliflower and Kohlrabi were literally created just to be mashed, seasoned and indulged as exciting sides with meat dishes such as the Blanquette de veau a l’ancienne or the Hunter’s schnitzel but my all time favorite way to eat mashed veggies is with a fried egg. Might sound barbaric to you, but that’s how it is when I am tired of cooking and I want something heavier and easily cooked to satisfy my hunger and taste buds. Surely I am not the only one in the world who needs a break from bigger cooking projects every once in a while, right?
Anyway, because I had placed my mash potato and fried egg madness into my top 5 favorite meals, I ended up cooking it frequently, so that I needed new mash recipes. That is how I discovered my love for a spiced pumpkin and carrot mash! The flavors complete each other and all that with another Indian twist! Garam Masala and Turmeric are some of the spices involved here that give the punch to the pumpkin and carrot mash. Also the chopped Coriander garnish gives a fresh feeling to the healthy and nutritious meal. It’s a winner side dish and it definitely satisfies my taste preferences.
- 400 grams Pumpkin
- 200 grams Carrot = 4 small Carrot
- 1 small Onion
- 2 Tablespoon Butter
- 120 milliliter Milk
- pinch Salt
- pinch Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
- ½ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 3 drops Mustard Oil
- chopped Coriander to garnish
- Peel your Pumpkin and Carrot and cut into smaller dice. Place into a pot and cover with water. Cook for 15 minutes or until soft on a medium stove heat.
- Peel and chop your Onion. Place the 2 Tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and fry the onion translucent.
- Once the pumpkin, carrot and onion are cooked, place into 1 pot with the butter from the onion, the milk, salt, pepper, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, turmeric powder and mustard oil drops and puree the mixture to a smooth mash with a stick blender over the stove heat or add everything into a blender jar and mix for a few minutes until smooth and heat up in the sauce pan while mixing until it starts to bubble.
- Garnish with chopped coriander.
- Serve warm as a Side dish.
Which main course meals would you serve with this spiced pumpkin and carrot mash?
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