Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Soy Stuffed Pattypan squash



This is the one dish for which I cannot say that I am going to make this again and again. Because the basic ingredient that is the pattypan or sunburst squash is not available in India. I first saw these pretty things at PJ’s Ginger and Garlic. And really wished if I could have laid my hands on these. Hardly did I knew that soon I will be able to cook with them.

In Bangkok the place that we stayed was one of the most busiest tourist destination (read preferred by foreigners) and has many super markets and International brands catering to their needs. Our hotel’s next door Villa market is one such place. Ranging from readymade pie crust to imported berries they store everything for their cherished ‘farangs (foreigners in Thai Language). I went there on my first day itself to pick few bottles of drinking water and just got hooked to this place. Hubby was quite agitated when after dinner I wanted to go and check the place once again. He wanted to sleep and I wanted to shop so when he went back to the hotel with the baby I spent close to an hour checking all their products. And just after midnight tiptoed to my hotel room with two bagfuls of baking pans. 

That was the beginning of my cookery related shopping which ended on our last day. when I shopped for many perishable items like  snowpeas, sunburst squash, vareties of cheese, kaffir lime leaves etc.

I really dint have any idea how to cook these beautiful vegetables and I dint want to chop or slice them to cook in a curry. Though the taste of the squash in itself is nothing to write home about but their beauty demands respect. So I planned to cook them whole by stuffing and baking them with soy granules and parmesan cheese. The final dish tasted awesome and who says beauty without brain (/taste) is not desirable? See my little one who insisted that his mother finishes the shooting as soon as possible so that he can gobble up his share. Such excitement over a vegetable???

If you get this squash at your part of the world try making something like this. It tastes good and as someone so rightly mentioned 
'Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.' ...Ralph Waldo Emerson

Soy Stuffed Pattypan Squash

Ingredients:
Pattypan squash: 3 pieces (I got the size that fits within my palm. Don’t have any idea how big they could be)
Soy chunks: 10-12 pieces
Onion: 1 medium
Grated potato: 11/2 tbsp
Garlic: 1 fat clove
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
Chili powder: 1/3 tsp
Salt
Grated parmesan cheese: 4 tbsp
Olive Oil: 1 tbsp
Dried oregano or thyme: ¼ tsp

Method:
Soak the soy granules in enough water for 10 minutes.

Cut a small portion off the top of the squash. With a small spoon scoop out the soft flesh and seeds from inside. You will end up with a neat shell. Chop up the flesh and keep aside.

Boil a bowl of water with a pinch of salt and cook the squash for 1 minute. Take out, drain the water and keep aside.

In the same boiling water now add the squeezed soy granules. Cook till they are double in size (3-5 minutes depending on the size). Drain the water and wash under running water. Squeeze and chop them in fine pieces. Keep aside.

Chop the onion and garlic very finely.

Heat oil in a pan and start by adding the chopped onion. Once its golden in colour add the garlic and cook for a minute. Add the potato, chopped squash flesh and chopped soy chunks. Season with salt and chili powder and mix well. Cover and let it cook for 3-4 minutes or till the potatoes are soft and everything amalgamates well. Once done add the lemon juice and dried herbs. Mix well and let it cool. Then mix half of the grated cheese to this.

Pre heat the oven at 180 C. grease a small baking pan with olive oil.

Brush the pattypans with olive oil. Stuff with the soy mixture and place on the baking tray. Cover the open top with more cheese and a pinch of chili flakes. Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on the size. Once cooked the skin of the squash will crinkle and the cheese will melt to perfection.

Serve hot.

A Homemaker’s tips:
I would love to see how they turn out if a whole egg is broken inside the squash shell and then baked with little salt and chili flakes on top. If anybody ever has tried this please let me know.

Cooking this way with pattypan squash have unlimited possibilities. One can substitute with chicken or paneer too.

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40 comments:

Aarthi said...

very healthy one

Aarthi
YUMMY TUMMY

Archana said...

Looks yummy. I ma glad you enjoyed shopping. The best way without husbands and children underfoot.:D

Resh said...

lovely looking dish...thanks for linking to my ongoing event 'Say Cheese' ;)

Suja Manoj said...

New to me,recipe sounds interesting..healthy one

Prabha Mani said...

Hi,

Interesting Recipe,of course new to me :)Looks very colorful!!Thanks for linking.

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maha said...

looks just awesum..n nice cliks.
maha

Nitha said...

new to me too.. looks lovely..

Kalyani said...

looks like a innovative recipe and delicious too ....

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow very intresting,love those cuties...

Sumee said...

Very colorful and nice clicks!. Love that sun burst color.. Thanks for linking up to my event, but pls provide proper backlink to Vardhini's and my announcement pages.

Hema said...

They look so lovely, nice presenation and beautiful clicks..

Priti said...

Very interesting and looks yum ..beautiful pics

Arch said...

That is such a pretty vegetable...I can imagine all the extra luggage with your shopping for the kitchen :) And shopping in a store like that without the husband and kid makes it even more enjoyable !!
Lovely pics...

Mélange said...

Superb clicks. delicious recipe.loved it.

Anjali said...

oh those are cuties, I understand your sentiments about such ingredients :) Such simple treatment and flavorful I guess.

Pari said...

Hi. I hope I'm able to post this comment here, as last so many time the blogger failed me..
What a beauty the squash is, I hope you can grow them using the seeds :)
Very innovative indeed and I love your idea of adding an egg.


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Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Looking lovely! Healthy recipe.

jeyashrisuresh said...

very new and interesting, cute presentation

Satrupa said...

Oh pretty pretty :) Pretty new dish and quite innovative. Looking forward to seeing more of ur props :)

Preeti said...

That is such a beautiful veg!! And a very interesting recipe!!

Sayantani said...

thanks everyone. glad that you liked the clicks.

krishna said...

If I had any option to eat from the laptop, I would have done that. :)

Ramya said...

That looks adorable! Want to grab one ! Bet u had a great time in Bangkok! Its a great place! Can shop til u drop:-)

Namitha said...

I love seeing pattypan squash, they are so cute :)And loved your stuffing

saffronstreaks said...

ohh.just saw ur pics in FGawker, they are simply lovely and beautiful, loved ur idea of stuffing the pattypan squash

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very new and yummy!
lovely clicks...

Jay said...

wow..this looks wonderfully delicious
Tasty Appetite

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love those cute pattypan squash a lot. Looks so pretty! Nice recipe!

Plateful said...

Wish I could get hold of these lil beauties! And I just love shopping it Bagkok! :)

Priya said...

Cute and adorable squash, looks absolutely delicious...Never tried them in my cooking..

anusha praveen said...

I m so in love with these patty pans looks delicious dear and thanks for linking up :) i wish we could get the squashes here sigh!!

kankana said...

Now that is amazing! Bangkok is all about shopping and exploring new stuff .. why waste time sleeping ;) The husband doesn't eat squash as much and that's why I hardly make these!

Shri said...

The squash look so cute. Honestly, I have never seen them for real but only while playing Farm ville a couple of years back.:P The recipe looks really neat!

Spice said...

Yes, they r so cute....everytime I saw them in grocery stores I said this word & note to myself "first check how to cook them & then buy them" and forget after that....but now U r inspiring me.....lovely clicks...

Madhu said...

The patty pan are readily available in USA, I tried them a couple of times. They look pretty but I didnt like their taste. Your beautiful presentation and photograph is inspiring me to try once more.

schmetterlingwords said...

Woww!!! These patty pan squash look so incredibly beautiful. A different and attractive dish.

Thank you for linking this to Healthy Morsels - Pregnancy :)

Jayanthi said...

Absolutely delicious and eye-catching pictures. Love your presentation ....and glad to have found your blog thru this event. Love it.

Nupur said...

Quite a nice recipe.. Wonderful looking pics , inviting !

First time on your space, Am glad to follow you :)

Rosh said...

Very unique and interesting dish! Love the colour of the squash and your clicks are outstanding!!

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Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Very innovative & looks divine indeed! Congratulation on The Most Creative Dish Award! well deserve!