Something a bit different for Christmas week. Light the fire, put on Ski Trails* and imagine you are holed up in a little Alaskan cabin with snow to the door, Arcturis in the sky and plenty of this season's salmon in the cache.
Well, actually onion squash was used here. But any squash or pumpkin you like to eat is fine. A warm evening mouthful to comfort one during difficult times, or a great lunch for two in happier days. Ingredients: one smallish squash or several pieces of pumpkin. One large onion, two tomatoes, a small glass of …
'But this is special Tatopani pumpkin dal, you will like my dal' said the beautiful owner. And she was right. The best dal I ever ate: maybe because I had walked a hundred miles uphill, maybe because of the hot springs and the orange orchards, but mainly because it just was the best.
This pie has no pastry base, and a flaky pastry crust. You can make it deep or shallow, depending on how high you want the pastry to filling ratio to be. If you prefer a bottom crust, I would suggest shortcrust, precooked before the filling is added. There is no need for gravy, but go ahead if you like it.