Maybe your family celebrates Christmas; maybe they come home for Hanukkah. Whatever your tradition, this dairy-free mash will allow for everyone at the table to take a scoop. Kabocha squash and cauliflower blend seamlessly with creamy coconut milk and minced ginger. The resulting dish is a luscious, Asian-inspired alternative to mashed potatoes—without a speck of cream or butter in sight.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2019


Credit: Yuki Sugiura

Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr
Serves 8 to 10


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook squash in a large pot of simmering (not boiling) salted water 6 minutes. Add cauliflower; continue simmering until vegetables are very tender, 10 to 12 minutes more. Drain, then return vegetables to pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until vegetables appear dry and a film forms on bottom of pot, 3 to 4 minutes. Pass vegetables through a ricer, food mill, or chinois strainer; cover to keep warm.

  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium. When it shimmers, add ginger and garlic; cook until fragrant and sizzling, about 30 seconds. Add coconut milk; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and stir into vegetable mixture until smooth. If mash is too stiff, add broth or water, a few tablespoons at a time. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.