August 26, 2007

Butternut Squash Curry

I picked up a butternut squash (Thiyya Gummadikaya in Telugu or Sweet pumpkin) from the farmer's market last week without any particular recipe in mind. I have never cooked with butternut squash before and had to ask my mom for a quick curry recipe and to my surprise both my husband and I loved it.
 
Pic Updated March 2013
Ingredients:
Butternut squash - 1 lb. makes about 2 cups chopped
Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
Green chilies - 3
Red chilies - 3
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 4
Hing (Asafoetida) - pinch
Turmeric - pinch
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

Method:
  • Place the chopped squash pieces with 1/2 cup of water and turmeric in a microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave for about 8-10 minutes, until the pieces are fork tender. You can also boil the pieces on stove top.
  • In heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, add urad dal, mustard and cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves. When the seeds splutter, add squash and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tamarind paste and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook on medium low flame for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add sambar powder and salt, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice.


The curry was slightly sweet and sour with silky sweetness from the squash and tartness from tamarind paste. Loved it and I packed a little bit in my lunch box for tomorrow.

Next time I want to try Asha's Butternut squash stir-fry and Indira's Butternut squash halwa.

18 comments:

  1. Pavani,
    Chala bagundi recipe, thiyya gumadikaya pulusu chestanu nenu usual ga. this is a nice variation

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  2. Nice one... try this too http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/07/kaddu-ki-subzi-pumpkin-curry.html

    I got this from Richa's blog :-)

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  3. hi...very nice n simple recipie...will definetely try it,I have tried Indira`s Butternut squash halwa for varalakshmi vratam and it came out very nice and tasty too....folks at home were awestruck!!!Do give it a try ..

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  4. Pavani, thats a nice curry!!!

    themistressofspices.wordpress.com

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  5. I was going to say I have one too but you already know. Tastes great with dosas ,don't they? Sweet and hot at the same time.I love it, that reminds me to buy one next week:)
    Looks yum,can't wait to try.

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  6. I find butternut squash taste closer to Indian red pumpkin than the American red pumpkin. So you can use in any Indian recipes calling for red pumpkin.

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  7. never tried adding tamarind . have to try it ur way.

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  8. Hi Pavani,
    Nice template.. Curry looks yummy!!!

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  10. Hi Pavani,
    Nice recipe with butternut squash.
    I see them in the grocery store but I was not sure how to cook.
    Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.Will let u know after I try this recipe.
    Madhuri

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  11. Hey gal, I too make this curry but with very little variation. This curry tastes awesome with both rice and roti. Love the post.

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  12. Thats one vegetable I love to make raitha. Your version of curry is so good that, I should try this one soon.

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  13. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your recipe! My husb, son and I love it! It is becoming a staple for our household. Thanks!!

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  14. Pavani garu,
    This is a wonderful recipe.
    I was wondering what to do with a frozen bag of butternut squash and stumbled upon this.
    Turned out great!!

    BTW, your website is a savior in my cooking while my wife is in India!

    Thanks
    Prakash

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  15. when do you add the 3 green and red chillies? And chopped or whole?
    I used extra hot chili powder and kashmiri masala instead of the fresh chillies and sambar masala. It is an amazing recipe. Thanks!

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  16. i JUST MADE IT!!! AND ATE HALF OF IT JUST STANDING IN THE KITCHEN... IT WAS DELICIOUS.. !!!!GR8 ADDITION SUBZI'S
    THANK YOU

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