Sunday, February 14, 2010

Spicy Baked Acorn Bowls

Acorn baked with spicy paste of sauted onions, garlic, tomato and spices in clarified butter.

A Valentine Day's play on heart-shaped food: Acorn Squash!

The classic recipe for the Baked Acorn Squash calls for Butter, Brown Sugar  and Maple Syrup.
So after admiring the acorn bowl, we realized that looks did not match the rice bowl's taste!
The Spicy Baked Acorn Bowl needed more butter to have moister texture without the sugar and syrup and it was what it was... a bowl for the rice; the textures of the rice and the squash did not meld together well for us.

So we experimented....
Spicy Chicken Curry Acorn Bowl with cheese topping.
Leftover Chicken Curry- traditional flavours of coriander and cummin, in a smooth sauce of onions, ginger garlic, tomato, and coconut milk, topped with onions and grated cheese worked really well.

Leftover, Black-Eyed Beans in a tangy tomato base, with a topping of cheese also went well with the flavours of the Squash like the Olan dishes of Kerala.

Acorn Bowl with a mild Vegetable Pulao garnished with fried shallots
The generous base marinade of onion paste: sauted garlic, onions, tomatoes, whole spices/garam masala, ground smooth provided a better combination with rice. Did not bake the cooked Basmathi Pulao alongwith the Acorn here; unlike the Bell Pepper Cups, wanted to keep the  rice white!

Notes: the pictures were all taken before dinner and there were no leftovers for a morning shoot! :-D

10 comments:

  1. WOW!! Looks delcious. I once made stuffed Eggplants like this, bakes so well and so tasty too. Perfect dish girl.

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  2. Thanks Asha! Would love to check out the 'stuffed eggplants'!
    Our spicy flavours really went well Acorn; the Chicken Curry with a generous helping of sauce worked well.
    For a vegetarian option something like eggplant or parwal in a spicy sauce should contrast nicely with the coarser texture of the Acorn. Have to try it next time!

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  3. Girl, this looks yummm! I love the idea of stuffing it with lobia (blacked eyed peas). Pic is great too.

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  4. Very interesting dish,looks beautiful and yummy

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  5. hihihhi, no wonder there was nothing left in the morning!!!

    all of them look wonderful; I have never cooked Acorn and I'd be eager to try it very soon!!

    I love the Chicken Curry/cheese topping version very much!! very appetizing and lovely dishes for the V day !! delicious!!!

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  6. Thank you everyone! Thanks Vinolia! It was more of a challenge to get good pictures at the end of the day!:-)
    Yes, the Chicken Curry, Cheese combination went really well with the texture of the Squash and that tops the list.

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  7. Hi, this is one which i have tried it from one of the blog called fun n food..really a nice recipe of fresh home made garam masala...u can try this one ...

    Ingredients
    Makes about 4 tbsp of Spice Powder

    1 tbsp green cardamom seeds
    1 2" long cinnamon stick
    1 tsp black cumin (shahjeera)
    1 tsp cloves
    1 tsp black peppercorns
    1/4 nutmeg
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    1/2 tsp dried coriander seeds
    1/2 tsp mace powder (javantari)
    1 piece star anise
    1 long bay leaf

    Method
    Roast all the above spices lightly on low-flame for about 2 mins. Now powder them in a clean, dry spice grinder until smooth. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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  8. thanks for stopping by.....love the spicy rub first on the acorn & then the filling, well never tried second time as HE's not gonna eat it in any case if I make it one more time but I feel like trying it once more now...as I said in my post needed some more spicy flavours so I may try your version some time....thanks...

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