RUTABAGA BABY (that's me)
The first time I ate rutabaga I was living in NYC and had recently joined a winter CSA. This was my very first CSA experience and I was thrilled to be connected to local farms upstate. Grinning at my first week, I picked up my (measly) share and was absolutely thrilled, "OOoh, turnips AND rutabaga!" (little did I realize this would be the contents. every. week.).
I'll save the fine details, but the first 3 weeks were brutal. I learned that I hated turnips and rutabaga. Not only spit-take dislike, but let-rot-in-my-refrigerator dislike. I started pawning them off on my friends, knowing full well they were never going to cook them. About 3 weeks of trying to convince strangers to eat these winter demons, I resigned myself to come up with a solution. Someone out there must be eating them if farmers continue to grow them, right?
Cue, Andrea Bemis (Tumbleweed Farms) and her winter squash chana masala! Almost 6 years later, I'm happy to say I'm a rutabaga convert! I still hate turnips. I'm sorry.
What are your favorite ways to cook with rutabaga? Here's my adaptation of Andrea's chana masala. Comment below with your favorite recipes.
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RUTABAGA & CARROT CHANA MASALA
- 1 rutabaga, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 2 carrots, chunked
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced (for added heat can be excluded)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 1-2 Tablespoons garam masala
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp salt pinch of black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1 cup coconut milk (or a whole can if you like it saucy)
- fresh cilantro for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
2. Toss the rutabaga & carrots with 1 Tablespoon of the coconut oil. Place the veggies on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender and lightly browned on the edges, about 20 minutes. Toss halfway through cooking.
3. Heat more coconut oil in a large pot. Add the onion, sauté until it softens and becomes fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the jalapeno, garlic, ginger, garam masala, paprika, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 1 minute longer.
4. Stir in the roasted veggies, tomato paste, tomatoes, chickpeas and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust as needed.
5. Divide between bowls, top each bowl with a little cilantro. Serve with white rice or quinoa.