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I was planning to make spaghetti with spaghetti squash for Saturday dinner. That got changed when I realized, by mistake I picked up butternut squash during the grocery shopping earlier in the day.

I had to do something with it. I could bake/grill it with brown sugar as usual- did not want to go out to the cold to throw it in the grill on the deck, didn’t want to spend so much electricity baking in the toaster oven.

This is what I came up with when I mixed it with a can of mixed bean salad set aside for my weekday lunches.

– peeled the skin ( got a hard skin), cleaned the inside( easy with a spoon) and cut the squash into medium sized cubes-wash them.

– in a kadai, with a teaspoon of oil sputtered mustard

– added the chopped half onion. 2 mts into it added ginger garlic paste

– 1 minute  later, added ½ tsp of turmeric powder, 1tsp chilli powder, added salt

– When that got ready, added the cut squash. Mix it well to coat the squash.

– Put the lid on and cook it on medium flame. No need to add water. It does not take long to cook 10-15mts. – With a potato masher, mashed roughly leaving some bite size pieces for the bite

– Added the drained can of mixed bean salad ( normally has red kidney beans, chick peas, soy beans etc- it comes already cooked)

 – Added 1 tablespoon of frozen grated coconut ( well I had it in the freezer)

 – Turn off the heat, keep the lid on. – Mix well and ready to eat.

I took it for lunch 2 days in this week just by itself. It had a look ,feel and texture of Kerala dish olan when I ate it.


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