Lightened Butternut Squash Curry + Black Rice - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Is there still time to cram in a few more healthy January recipes?

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Good, because I’ve got one today that I’m hoping you’l love. I don’t make Indian food nearly as often as I should. I thoroughly enjoy all the flavors involved in curries but the reason I don’t add these recipes to the menu too often is because not everyone in my house likes them like I do.

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Hey, that’s fine with me by the way, as a foodie I’ve accepting taking the teasing I sometimes get from my family about some of the strange foods I love. For example, I love brussels sprouts. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, but I don’t care. I’ll just be over here shamelessly chowing on my sprouts and the haters can go eat a biscuit. Haha, I’m kidding (mostly).

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Anyway, this was one of the rare times when I just really needed to make a curry so I went for it. I also decided to serve it with some of my beloved black rice. Would you believe me if I told you this black rice is from the same very small bag I used the last time I shared a recipe using black rice?

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I’m guessing it must seem like if it’s made its way onto the blog I must make it a lot, but honestly it’s not very common for me. I just happen to love how it looks and whenever I do cook it I can’t help adding it to a photo of something. Although, I do love the taste and texture as well. It’s a very nutty rice with a great bite to it. If you haven’t tried it I’d recommend it.

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If you’re familiar with Thai and Indian cuisine at all you might know that they use quite a bit of coconut milk and sometimes nut butters. While I absolutely will not be giving up these things anytime ever, I realize they’re not exactly on the light side so I thought it would be nice to make a lighter version to show how it can be done without sacrificing flavor.

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There’s actually 2 ways of doing it, one is the vegan version using lite coconut milk and chickpeas and the other version uses non-fat Greek yogurt and chicken. Both versions are delicious but since I’m obsessed with Greek yogurt I tend to go for that one more often.

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I’ll share the details on it in the recipe though so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. Oh, and lastly, I was keeping this pretty much as light as possible by using powdered peanut butter, but it can easily be substituted with regular peanut butter if you prefer a creamier curry.

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Looks good gringa!


I really appreciate it @yummyrum!


Okk, I am hungry now!🤩

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Really mouthwatering dishes, good quality images. worth to view these article makes me to follow you. Best of luck for you.


thanks so much for the kind words @errajesh

Nice photography! It looks really good! I love brussels sprouts too :)


hey @theywillkillyou, thanks so much for commenting on my post. I listened to a 'pod-cast' today and seems like your name was mentioned several times.

Where do you find the time? I used to shoot a lot of food....but it would always get cold....and I'm hungry ;)


Haha, well sometimes I do get hungry but I just get so distracted by my love for the art in food photography. It is hard to find the time though, you are correct, but it gets a bit easier with practice. Thanks @jfolkmann!

Looks amazing!!
"Hurry Let's Make Curry!!"


So close @yairdd but I've just shared the recipe above. Thank you so much!

No such thing as strange food. Just strange people. :)


Haha, that's true. I'll be the first to admit I'm a little strange @borganic.

Good food is good life. It looks tasty :)


I really appreciate it @gvincentjosephm!

Yum! We love spicy food.

Looks amazing! And that broccolini is calling my name! We make lots of curries in our house but they're not nearly this beautiful! I always always use coconut milk because I just love the flavour with the spices... I don't care how rich it is! Numnumnum! Iwill have to put black rice down on my next shopping list... I've often wondered what it tastes like but you've convinced me to give it a try if only for its beauty!


So glad to hear that @caitycat! And if that's the case about the coconut milk, I say you go for it girl!

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woooo that looks really yummy 😋

Looks tasty . Did you tried that ?


Yes, I made it. Thanks @rexrumi!

I love Indian food!


Isn't it yummy? Thanks @vwd! So glad to see you on here now!

I highly commend you for good food and delicious vegetables you are posting for us. Keep it up. I upvote you.

Lookingso much delicious ,how was the food ?


It was great. Thanks @liam99!

This really does look so delicious! Would you come over and make it for me? lol! That's because I know you can do it better than I can!


Haha, oh but I know you could. However I'd love to make it for you @lifes-a-donut!

This is a great looking dish, and thank you for also sharing the recipe also. The ingredients are what we need to start eating clean to promote better health.


thank so much for commenting and welcome to steemit @inspectionvrei

outstanding recipe @gringalicious. it's very important for health.

I love it! Your posts are really well thought of and your pictures are super high quality! It's no wonder you're really one of the more popular Steemians because you deserved it! Keep up the great work @gringalicious


thanks for taking the time to comment on my post

Looks healthy and delicious! We are loving the wild black rice as if the curry won't fill you up then the rice should. Great colours and we shall keep the recipe close by or just come on Steemit and look at your blog for it again.
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thanks for the nomination, I will take a look @travelling-two

This looks so appetizing. I am all in for a healthy meal any time, any day.

The only Indian meals I have eaten are the samosa and spring rolls. Nigerians have put a twist to that.

Superb pictures and impeccable presentation.


thanks so much for the great commenting @chiama

Nutritious and delicious so nice to eat

Looking fabulous will you give me these amazing dishes recipes


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Thank you for sharing your delicious food as always, i only hope one day i can cook and have the food look this good!


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post @lunaticpandora


I enjoy reading your post and watching the photos of the amazing food you prepare :-D

Amazing recipe. Yummy


I'm so glad you like it @stbrians!

i like your posts so much that i always wait for your post and with your post attention podium i thank you very much for sharing such a good post with us


@enews202 Oh, that is so very sweet of you.Thanks!


Interesting that they have said the same thing to 3 people . They must feel so satisfied that all 3 people they await, posted within minutes of each other.


only thnak but not upvote but why my friend gringalicious


Probably because you say the same bs to everyone and upvote your own comment. You will learn that these short term gains will not get you very far.

You are beautifull


thanks so much for commenting

the amazing sallied ... i mean i can feel the freshness from pictures they are so amazing


thanks for telling me, I appreciate it

It just look so awesome that it would be shame to eat it. :D But I have to try it. I need to find a time to try all the recipes, cause there is so much of them.


thanks so much for taking the time to comment

looks very nice but a bit too many greens to my taste
i give it a 7/10

Mmmh what a great curry dish! I am sure it tastes like heaven😋


thanks for taking the time to comment


My pleasure sweetie!!

oh my goodness this looks delicious to me :)


fantastic, I am thrilled you liked it @blazing!

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Delicious and healthy recepy!


thanks for taking the time to comment @paulawonders. I hope you are enjoying your time on steemit. Keep at it, you'll be very happy that you did

looking delicious so interesting dish you have prepared


Thanks for commenting @cityslicker

It looks very tasty, thanks!


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post

Looks so yummy! And it is great that is healthy too!


I am thrilled you liked it @crissimoes and thanks for taking the time to comment

Squash curry is my favourite....I have never tried black rice I think I should try now as it looks soo delicious in the pictures.....lovely photography @gringalicious.....thank you for sharing the looks delicious


Oh, you have got to give it a try @universalpro, you will thank me later

its deliciously beautiful wonderful post


Thanks so much @cutiepie, I am thrilled that you liked it

Seeing this makes me very hungry... Problem is i dont enjoy cooking that much. But eating is my thing. I would eat three rounds of that...


i am felling hungry right now haha its beautiful


thanks so much for commenting @starboye

Your recipes are so complex all the time, seems that you are putting all your heart and soul into this job! Love it!


always so sweet and supportive @caminito, thanks so much

I usually eat brown rice not haven't tried a black one. How does it taste?


give it a try and then you'll know

Not only those photos looks great, but also the food I think is so tasty.


I really like the food pictures with the light and black backgroud,it makes the food looks more delicious : )


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I'm going to try this tonight! Also I love black rice! I'll post you a photo.. if it looks edible!


did you give it a try? Did you take any photos? I'd love to see them if you did


So actually i'm pescatarian so I was planning to swap the chicken out for prawns. I got all the ingredients, but couldn't find any decent prawns in the supermarket. I live in KL you see. Hopefully i'll try this coming week and will definitely send you some photos when I do!

Oh this looks tasty, I'll be sure to try out the Vegan version. Lovely photos too, you have a real eye, my photos really let my recipes down but I'm sure I'll get there too.

Following for more like this.


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No worries!


No worries! And thanks :)

this looks great! thank you for the in-depth explanation and the plenty of pictures.


thanks so much for commenting @beatdragon and welcome to steemit