I hear that some of you are still valiantly trying to use up the leftover pumpkin. Here’s a stoup recipe for you from the Essex Road Recipe card collection. What do you mean, you never heard of stoup? Where stew meets soup…
200 g red lentils
The flesh of 1 small, innocent pumpkin that never did anyone any harm, chopped into small pieces.
1 eating apple, chopped into small pieces. Leave the skin on. (Throw the core away, or give it to a crow. Crows are my favourite birds.)
A piece of root ginger about the size of a small frog’s leg – peeled and thinly sliced
Teaspoon of turmeric
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small red chilli chopped up small
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon salt
a handful of chopped fresh coriander leaf
What to do. …roughly speaking:
Place lentils in a large saucepan in twice their own volume of water with the ginger, turmeric and a splash of oil. Bring to the boil and simmer until they are almost cooked – about 40 minutes.
Smash up the chilli, cumin and coriander in a pestle and mortar (or put them in a Ziploc bag and bash them with a hammer – on a sturdy surface of course!). Fry the spices in some of the oil and then add the pumpkin to the frying pan. Keep the pumpkin pieces moving around until they are coated in the spice mix and beginning to soften and brown at the edges. Then toss in the apple for a couple of minutes.
Add the spiced up pumpkin and apple to the lentils. Add a little more water if the lentils are almost dry. Put the lid on tight and simmer for about 15 minutes – until the lentils are properly cooked and the pumpkin and apple soft.
Serve as a stew with basmati rice or, if it’s a little thinner, as a soup with some of Raab’s chia seed bread.