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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

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Butternut Squash Curry Yum
Butternut Squash Curry
Course side dish
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Butternut squash . - makes about 2 cups chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 3 chilies Green
  • 3 chilies Red
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 Curry leaves
  • pinch Hing (Asafoetida)
  • pinch Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sambar powder
  • to taste Salt
Course side dish
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Butternut squash . - makes about 2 cups chopped
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 3 chilies Green
  • 3 chilies Red
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 Curry leaves
  • pinch Hing (Asafoetida)
  • pinch Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sambar powder
  • to taste Salt
Butternut Squash Curry
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add tamarind paste and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook on medium low flame for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add sambar powder and salt, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

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.

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18 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Curry”

  1. 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 ..

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. i JUST MADE IT!!! AND ATE HALF OF IT JUST STANDING IN THE KITCHEN… IT WAS DELICIOUS.. !!!!GR8 ADDITION SUBZI’STHANK YOU

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