Megadarra in a Squash
- 4 mini or 1 medium-sized squash
- 75g brown basmati rice
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 mug of water
- 400g tin of lentils
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- A pinch of chilli powder
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 orange or lemon
- 200g natural yogurt (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F - gas 6), [fan oven 180° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]
- Trim the base of your squashes so they sit flat. Cut the top off your squash as if you were making a Halloween pumpkin.
- Scoop out the seeds (save them for later they are lovely roasted with sugar, salt and spice till golden and crisp). Pop the squash on a baking tray. Roast for 30 mins or till completely tender.
- Get a lidded pan hot for your rice. Toast for a mo. Add a pinch of salt and the water. Cover. Lower heat. Simmer for 20 mins.
- Drain your lentils. Rinse. Once the rice is done, drain it over the lentils. Set aside.
- Get a large frying pan hot. Add a gloss of oil. Tumble your onions and a good pinch of salt and pepper in. Sizzle onions over medium heat for about 10 mins, till golden and a little crisp. Swirl in the spices. Scoop a spoonful of onions into a dish and set aside.
- Keep the onions over medium heat. Fold the rice and lentils in. Add a gloss of oil. Sizzle for a mo, to give the rice a little crispy edge to it.
- Grate in the zest of the orange or lemon. Add a good squeeze of juice. Taste. Season (and add more spices) as needed.
- Once youre happy with the rice, stuff it into the cooked and hollowed out squashes. Scatter the reserved onion over the top.
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