Beautiful day outside and I am in the mood for some roasted chicken and kabocha squash in coconut milk. I bought a cut piece of kabocha squash at Karn's yesterday and planning to cook it in the coconut milk with onion, garlic, hot pepper and salt. In Bahasa Melayu this pumpkin dish is called Lemak labu cili padi (pumkin in hot chilli and coconut milk).
For the protein that can go well with this kabocha squash is none other than some roasted chicken. I dug out in my freezer and found 12 pieces of young chicken drumsticks. I thawed this frozen chicken by soaking it in cold water for about 30 minutes.
Then, I drain them and rub evenly with the following spices:
ground black pepper, salt, rosemary, mrs. dash (with garlic), cumin, coriander, ground white pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, parsley, paprika, ground ginger, and powdered onion.
Preheat the oven at 450 degree F.
In the baking tray, lay the following vegetables:
2 potatoes. Dice.
1 stalk of celery. Cut about 1 inch length.
1 big yellow onion. Cut into rings.
Lay the drumsticks on top of the vegetables bed.
Cover the tray with aluminum foil.
Bake in the oven for at least 1 hour.
Check if the chicken is done by poking a knife through. If no blood runs, then chicken is done.
If blood is still gushing out then bake it for another 20 minutes.
Roasted drumsticks as shown below.To cook the kabocha pumpkin in coconut milk is very easy. This is a basic ingredients. If I have some dried anchovies (ikan bilis), I would grind it and add into this dish.
I am using 1 can of Coco King coconut milk.
Thin it down with 2 cups of water.
3 hot peppers.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.
1/2 onion (diced)
3 clove of fresh garlic. Chopped.
Dice kabocha squash/pumpkin.
In a big pot, heat on medium high coconut milk and water.
Add onion, garlic, hot peppers, turmeric and salt.
Before the coconut milk start to bubble, add kabocha squash. Turn down the heat to medium low or low.
Let it cook for another 8 minutes until squash is tender.
Then turn off the stove.
The meal set for my Sunday brunch today include, warm white rice, kabocha squash in coconut milk and roasted chicken drumsticks.
Enjoy your weekend!