I love the warmth and scent of freshly roasted whole cumin seeds, especially in 'Orange' coloured things.....everything from pumpkin and sweet potatoes to carrots and oranges (orange curd to be specific!). This puree combines three orange vegetables with some creme fraiche, cumin and chopped fresh parsley. A perfect side to grilled sausages and caramelised onion jus! —Kitchen Butterfly
Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
Carrots, cleaned and chopped into small chunks
Heat butter in a pan and when melted, add all the vegetables. Stir and toss about for about 5 minutes...to enhance the sweetness of the vegetables
Then add the water and garlic, put a lid on the pan and let simmer on low-medium heat for 10 - 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft
While the vegetables are simmering, heat a frying pan and toss in the cumin seeds. Shake/stir seeds in pan till they become fragrant and brown a bit, about 1-2 minutes. Once they are roasted, take them off the heat and crush in a mortar or with the back of a tablespoon (somewhat harder though than using the mortar and pestle!)
When vegetables are done, mash the veggies by passing through a 'Potato ricer' for a smooth puree. For a 'chunky' puree, use a hand-held masher. Don't process in a blender or food processor or you'll end up with glue
Stir in Creme Fraiche/Greek Yoghurt and crushed cumin to the puree and taste. Salt if necessary. Sprinkle a little black pepper if desired
Serve immediately with loads of chopped fresh parsley...delicious!
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen!
Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.
Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!