Butternut squash are so plentiful throughout South Africa that farm stands sell them in sacks of 15 or so. A favorite ingredient in side dishes and soups, the squash are typically curried or scented with sweet spices.
In a medium bowl, toss the butternut squash with the cardamom, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and bay leaves. Bring water to a boil in a large steamer, then add the spiced squash, cover and steam until tender, about 15 minutes. Discard the spices. Transfer the squash to a bowl and add the butter and 3 tablespoons of Malay Chile Jam. Season with salt and toss gently. Serve extra jam on the side.