Even though I don’t like Halloween, I look forward to the season, when pumpkins are available and priced low. From all the varieties of pumpkins, I bought two for my Ethiopian pumpkin dishes, and they were very tasty. If you’ve never tried pumpkin dishes, now is the time to buy and cook a pumpkin.
Pumpkin is a super food for those who care about their health and weight. Dishes with pumpkin are delicious, healthy and colorful. I don’t like just throwing away the seeds and the filling, carving it into an ungainly face, and burning a candle inside it to make a decoration. It’s just that it can be more; it can be nutrition in a world where some are hungry…
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons, berbere.
(Berbere is Ethiopian Spice Mix made of Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Cardamom, Fenugreek Seeds and more…)
3 whole cloves , minced
5 cups chopped fresh pumpkin (about 3 pounds)
1 teaspoon Nech kemem
(Nech kemame is Ethiopian Spice Mix made of White Cumin Seed, genger and garlic)
1 teaspoon Mekelesha
(Mekelesha is Ethiopian Spice Mix blend of six spices)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 Fresh Basil Sprigs (Beso Bela)
Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, Cook slowly until the onions are caramelize, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Add the berbere and stir to combine. Do not burn
Add ½ cup of water and stir to combine.
Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more liquid if needed so it doesn’t stick.
Add the minced garlic and the chopped pumpkin and 1/2 cup of water and stir to combine. Cook for 15 minutes. When the pumpkin is done it will be soft and slightly translucent, though not falling totally apart. Five minutes before the stew(wet) is finished, add the nech kememe and mekelesha.
Taste for seasoning and add Fresh Basil Sprigs and salt.
Let cool to room temperature and serve this over rice or Injera.
Sweet and spicy well balanced.... It is warm, comforting and delicious.. yamme yamme.
Don't throw out the pumpkin seeds. They make great snacks that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting .
May all your meals be joyous and scrumptious.