I’ve recreated this from a recipe I used to enjoy as a child – crispy fried red pumpkin slices.
The squash mimics the sweetness of the pumpkin and oven baking it makes it crisp like the fried version I remember.
Give it a go. It makes a lovely and colourful side dish.
350 grams butternut squash or red pumpkin sliced
1.5 teaspoons turmeric
1.5 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon sambhar masala* (or cumin – coriander powder)
salt to taste
1/3 cup rice flour (approx.)
2-3 tablespoons oil plus more for greasing the baking tray
1. Marinate the slices of squash with all the spices and salt. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
2. Preheat the oven to Gas 7 (425 F) for about 10-12 minutes. Grease a large baking tray.
3. Dredge the slices of squash in the rice flour and lay them flat on the baking tray.
4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the slices are crispy on the outside and the edges are slightly singed. (Bake for longer on a lower heat if you want them really crispy.)
5. Serve hot.
1. These are best eaten hot. They turn a bit chewy when cold.
2. They go well as a side with a rice and curry. Equally good as appetizers with a dip.
3. Sambhar powder is a spice mix akin to Garam Masala but unique to the Pathare Prabhu community. (You can read more about the PP community and their cusine at varan-bhaat.com) You could substitute this with cumin-coriander powder or garam masala although the taste will be altered.