Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ginataang Kalabasa (Squash Cooked in Coconut Milk)

Estimated cooking & preparation time: 1 hour

  • 1 kilo squash, cut into cubes (1"x1")
  • 1/4 kilo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 3 pieces tomatoes, diced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of ginger root, crushed and minced
  • 4 tablespoons of cooking or olive oil
  • 2 pieces long chilli peppers
  • 2 tablespoons of shrimp paste (bagoong)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cups coconut cream (katang gata)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce (patis)
  • On a big pan, heal oil. Sauté garlic, onions until light brown then add ginger, cook until onions become translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, squash, chicken stock, shrimp paste and the coconut milk. Let boil then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and the squash becomes tender.
  • Add the coconut cream, long chilli peppers and the shrimps. Bring again to a boil and simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Serve hot with plain rice.
Cooking Tip:
  • This ginataan recipe can be used on any vegetable, combination of vegetables, fish or meat.

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