Bengali 5 Spice Squash, Cabbage and Spinach Bhaji

A warming vegetable stir fry for winter, using butternut squash, red cabbage and spinach that is spiced with Bengali 5 Spice . Serve with rice or by itself for a healthy vegan meal. www.theredlychee.com

Here’s a quick and easy way to get your veggies in these cold months using seasonal produced. An Indian style vegetable stir fry, or bhaji, using butternut squash, red cabbage and spinach. It is cooked in just a little bit of oil with sliced onions and a little bit of garlic and flavoured with the famous Bengali 5 Spice. Panch Phoron, or Bengali 5 Spice is a whole spice blend of fenugreek seed, black sesame seeds, whole cumin, mustard seed and fennel seed. Serve with rice for a perfect vegan meal for Meatless Monday, on enjoy a bowl on its own for a no carb meal. 

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