Kabocha Squash, Coconut, and Wild Rice Stew

November 6, 2015(updated on March 31, 2022)

This kabocha squash, coconut, and wild rice stew is the perfect dish for deep winter. It is hearty, filling, and plant based. It’s really great thing to serve to your favorite people.

Finished wild rice stew in an All-Clad pan

Awhile back, I got an email asking if I might want to participate in a blogger promotion that All-Clad was running in order to spread the word about their new line of NS1 Nonstick Induction cookware. They would send me the NS1 Chef’s Pan so that I could play with it, develop a dish in it, and then share both my thoughts and the recipe with my readers. Of course I said yes. Who says no to All-Clad?

All-Clad pot with the lid on

This line of All-Clad is made from anodized aluminum, has a sturdy three-layer PFOA-free nonstick interior, and is induction-compatible thanks to steel base that also helps prevent warping. The chef’s pan has high sides and broad cooking surface that makes it great for simmering, sautéing, and steaming. 

Close up on the All-Clad handle

This pan become my favorite for wilting and braising greens (something I do A LOT in the winter), because it has a bit more vertical real estate than a frying pan, and the tight-fitting lid keeps the moisture in the pan. I also like it for one of my favorite weird breakfasts – sauteed cabbage with a couple of eggs scrambled in once the cabbage wilts and browns (a simple version of the dish Joy explains here).

interior of All-Clad pot

The nonstick surface has proved itself to be among the most sturdy and easy to clean that I’ve tried in my cooking career, It still looks pristine after a month of regular use. I haven’t taken particular care to baby it, either. I wash it and set it in my dish drainer, same as all my other cookware (this pan is dishwasher safe, but it just doesn’t seem necessary, given how easily it cleans up with a quick swipe of the sponge).

greens and squash cubes in glass measuring cups

Now, let’s chat about the kabocha squash, coconut, and wild rice stew I created. It’s a medley of squash (I used kabocha, but any sweet, dense winter squash would do), braised greens (a combination of kale and baby spinach), wild rice, red lentils, and coconut milk. It’s loosely based on a recipe in Liana Krissoff’s brillian book Whole Grains for a New Generation, and is delicious, filling, and just happens to be vegan.

Wild rice stew in an All-Clad pan

I love making easy stews like this one in this chef’s pan, because the flared shape helps the moisture evaporate out, concentrating the flavors in the pan. It also has plenty of room for the eight cups of chopped greens that finishes the dish.

Disclosure: All-Clad sent me the pan you see pictured above and they provided a giveaway unit, both at no cost to me. No additional compensation was provided.

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Kabocha Squash, Coconut, and Wild Rice Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 large onion sliced into thin half moons
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 pounds cubed kabocha squash or any other winter squash (about 4 cups)
  • 8 cups chopped mixed greens a combination of kale, spinach, chard, mustard, or anything else you have that needs to be used

Instructions

  • Heat the coconut oil in a chef’s pan (or a similarly sized soup pot) over medium-high heat. Add the onion slivers and cook until they soften and brown, about ten minutes.
  • Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, and salt and stir them into the onions. Cook for less than a minute, just to toast the spices a bit.
  • Add the wild rice, red lentils, and water and stir. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pan and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Once the rice is tender and the lentils have mostly dissolved, add the coconut milk, honey, rice wine vinegar and cubed squash.
  • Cook for about ten minutes, until the squash is mostly tender.
  • Heap the greens into the pan and cover. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the greens are wilted enough to tuck into the stew. Add a splash of water if it seems too thick.
  • Cook until the greens are tender. Once the greens are tender and the squash is soft, the stew is ready to eat!

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