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Curried butternut squash and pickled dates

This recipe was shared in the Growers' sheet for 22nd December 2017. It's adapted from Andrew Dargue, Little Orchard restaurant, Guardian online.

vegetarian, gluten free


6 green cardamom pods, bruised
80g brown sugar
50ml water
100ml balsamic vinegar
200g dried pitted dates
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
100g curry paste (you can make your own by mixing 1/2 tsp each of cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, tamarind, etc)
2x400g tins chopped tomatoes
80g tomato puree
1-2 bay leaves
100ml water
1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
50g plain yoghurt
sugar, salt and pepper, to taste 


  1. In a non-metallic bowl, combine the cardamom pods, sugar, water and vinegar. Stir to dissolve and then add the dates. Leave for several hours or overnight to pickle.
  2. In  large saucepan, heat a generous amount of oil and fry the onion and garlic until brown and sweet (20-30mins).
  3. Add the curry paste and fry for a minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, bay leaves and water, stir and bring to the boil. Add the squash and simmer until it's tender.
  5. Season to taste, adding sugar as desired to balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
  6. Drain the dates and fold into the curry along with the yoghurt.
  7. Serve with rice or naan.

This recipe tastes even better made with vegetables from Community Harvest Whetstone :)