Roasted Delicata Squash with Indian Spices

Top down shot of the roasted Delicata squash with Indian Spices.
Delicata squash is sweet and easy to cut and cook. The green and yellow striped peel and golden interior look beautiful when sliced.

This roasted squash makes a satisfying vegetarian meal when combined with basmati rice, cucumber salad, and plain yogurt raita.

Roasted Delicata squash with Indian spices being transferred from baking sheet to platter.
4medium Delicata squash, lightly peeled (okay to leave some peel on), cut lengthwise, seeded, and sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
3 tbspmild olive oil
1 tspsalt
2-3dried chiles (like arbol or poblano), seeded, deveined, and soaked in 1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cupunsweetened, dried shredded coconut
1/2 tspblack or brown mustard seeds
1/4 tspcumin seeds
zest and juice of 1 lime
Delicata being cored and sliced into half inch pieces.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the squash slices with 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Place in the oven to roast for 30-35 minutes, stirring the slices once for even browning.

While the squash is roasting, make the coconut-spice seasoning: Drain the chiles and place into a food processor with some of their soaking liquid and the garlic. Blend until smooth. Then add the coconut and a pinch of salt. Blend again, leaving some chunky texture from the coconut and transfer to a small bowl.

Chiles, garlic, coconut, cumin and mustard seeds being sautéed in a cast iron pan.

In a medium saute pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and place the mustard seeds and cumin into the hot oil. When the seeds sizzle and pop, add in the coconut mixture and cook for a minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.

Roasted Delicata squash with the Indian spices on a baking sheet.

When the squash is done (taste a slice to make sure it is tender and fully cooked), toss it with the warm coconut mixture and add the lime peel and juice to taste just before serving. 

Hands placing lime slices next to roasted Delicata squash with Indian spices dish.