Colombo is a soup flavored with Colombo powder (a combination of cumin, coriander, mustard, black pepper, cloves, fenugreek, and turmeric), and is very common throughout the West Indies.
- 1/2 lb. salt pork, cubed
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
- 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 1 1/2 lb. calabaza, cubed
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Colombo powder (check your local ethnic store) or mild curry powder (Madras or garam masala)
- Salt, black and chili pepper to taste
- In a large saucepan, fry the salt pork cubes until the pan is coated in oil.
- Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Fry gently until the pepper begins to soften.
- Add in the calabaza and a small amount of water (just enough to cover the bottom) and simmer, covered, at low temperature, stirring occasionally.
- When the calabaza has softened, add in spices. Stir well to thoroughly coat everything. Serve hot.
- In place of the salt pork, sausage or other spiced meats also work well.