1 Large Butternut squash (peeled and cubed into Chunks)
1 Medium Onion (finely sliced)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 Whole Red Dried Chillies
A Little Turmeric Powder (less than ¼ teaspoon)
½ teaspoon Chilli Powder
Salt to season
1 Tablespoon Sugar
~ Heat 3-4 Tablespoons of Oil in a Pot
~ Add in the mustard seeds and dried red chillies and once they begin to simmer, add and Sauté the sliced onions until lightly browned
~ Follow with the Butternut Cubes/Chunks, and add the Turmeric, Chilli Powder and Salt to taste, Mix through well and add ½ cup water, close pot with Lid and allow to gently cook through at medium/low stove setting.
~ After 10-15 minutes of cooking, OR when water is absorbed and Butternut is Softened yet still holding it’s cubed/chunk shape, add in the sugar, and gently shake the pot, do not over stir the Butternut, and switch off the stove.
~ At this stage your Lightly Spiced Butternut is ready to serve now as a SIDE DISH on it’s own.(see pic below),
FOR THE SALAD
~ Any Variety of Salad Leaves, I used Baby Leaf Frizze ~ ½ Red Pepper, Thinly sliced ~ Small Red Onion, sliced into thin rounds. ~ ¼ Cup Cubed Feta Cheese, Or more to Your liking. ~ 1 Tablespoon each of Flaked Almonds and Pinenut Seeds, Dry Roast in pan and keep aside.
Salad Dressing 2 Tablespoon Mayonnaise 1 Tablespoon Creamy Salad Dressing (today I used an Italian Salad dressing variety) Salt and Garlic or Lemon Pepper seasoning, OR freshly cracked Black Pepper (to lightly season) 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon Sugar
▶️ Whisk all Salad Dressing Ingredients together and keep aside.
~ Layer All the salad Ingredients onto a Large Serving Platter, ~ Top with the cooked Butternut Chunks (Add the bits that may have become a little too soft during cooking, it just adds to the overall texture and enhances Visual appeal;).) ~ Drizzle the Salad Dressing all over the salad, saving some to serve on the side. ~ Scatter the dry roasted flaked almonds and pinenuts on top. ✨Note… Try using the red pepper and red Onion variety as it a little sweeter/mild, which complements the butternut perfectly✨ See blog for more pics on this recipe https://marsay786.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/lightly-spiced-butternut-salad/