Heat 1 Tbl Olive Oil in a large stock-pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, ginger and half the cilantro. Saute fro 8 to 10 min.
Add Garam Marsala, chili powder, bay leaf and saute for an additional 30 sec
Add Pumpkin or Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup water and salt.
Cover with lid for 25-30 min or until pumpkin/butternut squash has softened and potato is cooked and water has been absorbed.
In the meantime heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a small sauce pan add cumin and saute for 60 sec (do not burn)
Add Cumin mixture to the Stockpot along with 1/2 cup of water
If it looks too dry add 1 TBL of water a time.