East Timor Batar Da'an is a much loved vegetarian dish made of pumpkin, corn and mung beans. This is a hearty dish that can easily be a main dish on it's own. It is both sweet and savory. I made it as part of our East Timorese meal as a side to the Ikan Pepes. It was a wonderful, easy to make dish, that we enjoyed.
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East Timor Batar Da'an (Pumpkin and Corn Dish)
- 1 lb fresh or frozen corn
- ½ lb dried mung beans
- 2 lb squash pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and diced
- 4 cups water
- 2 onions diced
- 8 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- The night before, soak the mung beans in water for at least 10 hours.
- Drain the mung beans.
- Boil them for 10-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes.
- Add water, squash, beans and corn.
- Increase heat to high. When water is boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes until the liquid is reduced to a minimum.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with rice.