Butternut Squash Dal

In picture :- Dal with Butternut Squash
Lentil is a staple in every Indian home, no matter where they are. Its both delicious and filling at the same time. A great source of protein i always to try to incorporate this in my weekly menu. I have been reading lately of the importance of using season fresh vegetables and was experimenting on various season fresh produce. So i combined the "autumn fruit" Butternut squash with my everyday quick lentil curry/ Every day Dal and came up with this. I have been following Sanjeev Kapoor's "Andhra Dal"  (coming soon) for quite some time and made some changes to that to spice up my Butternut Squash Dal.Delicious with both rice n roti make this slightly soupy and comfy dish for a light weeknight dinner. Omit the tempering and add some sweet potatoes and some season fresh produce,and simmer for some more time,you will have a beautiful Indian fall vegetable Stew.
In picture:- Red Lentils 
Recipe for Butternut Squash Dal
Ingredients:-
Butternut squash diced - 1.5 cup
Masoor dal/Red lentils - 1 cup
Crushed Garlic - 2 cloves
Green chili slit lengthwise- 2
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Chana Dal/Split bengal gram - 2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Black peppercorns - 4-5 nos
Dry red chiles - 2
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Small onion chopped - 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Oil

Method:-
Clean and rinse Red lentils .In a cooking pot combine Red lentils/Masoor dal,Turmeric powder , crushed garlic, green chiles and salt to taste and cook it with 2-3 cups of water until done, about 15 minutes.
Add butternut squash and cook it covered again for another 10 minutes, or until the squash is tender to fork, or if you like till mushy.
Mean while, In a Sauteing pan Toast Chana dal, coriander seeds and black peppercorns for 2 minutes, without adding oil. Grind to a coarse powder in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.
Add this ground spices to the Dal and bring to boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. when they pop up add cumin seeds, dry red chiles, chopped onion,Asafoetida and curry leaves,Fry it for a minute or two and pour over the Dal.
Let it stand covered for 5 minutes and serve warm!!!
In picture :- Dal with Butternut Squash
Cheers



 Sarah 

64 comments:

Pete said...

Love this dalcha with hot puri! mmmmm, nice!

Rookie Qookie said...

This would go well with steaming rice and Ghee :)
Butternut - From your garden?

Cheers,
Reshmi

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious dal...comfort food,adipoli ayitundu..will surely try this

Happy Cook said...

Delicous looking dal. yeah i think we had dal almost every day :-) and have to say daml and rice is one of my comfort food, but then have to admit i don't make so often anymore.

Treat and Trick said...

Your clicks are excellent, sounds healthy and delicious, it's my favorite too...

Nisha said...

That dal looks perfect Sarah.

Kairali sisters said...

Orupadunakkitundallo...Kurachu engotteku pack cheythere ketto..Dal is such a comfort curry...

Swathi said...

Dal and butter nut squash curry adipoli Sarah. Chorum ithum mathi sappadu kusal akan.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Aaha!entha pics!Superb!ennu evideyum ravile dal ayirunu :).

Laya said...

Super pics sarah.Is that a big bowl or a small one?

Nithya said...

Looks so yummy :) awesome clicks :)

Satya said...

dal looks super yummy n beautiful click like always
Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Lyndsey said...

Sarahm your photos are so good, I love all the colors in them. I am going to make this tonight, it looks so good. I have all the ingredients already so I am good to go! Even though it is still hot here, I love the comfort of a good dal, and butternut squash is finally a reasonable price. Up north it's a lot cheaper!
Cheers!

Sushma Mallya said...

great pics sarah, you present the simple dish also so beautifully...Really admire it and dal looks very delicious, have yet to use butternut squash...

Umm Mymoonah said...

Beautiful pictures of lentils and dhal.

Jeen said...

Hallo Sarah.I just tried to post a comment here and i have no idea where it went? I tried your beef potato pepper curry the day before and it turned out to be very good. is it okie if i send you a pic to the mentioned email?

divya said...

looks so delicious and inviting...

Pushpa said...

Delicious!!Delicious!!Delicious!!

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

looks yummy and colorful...seems like you made a big pot of it..

Gulmohar said...

Loving that dal click ;-)I'm the only one who likes masoor dal in my home, so I must come to your place to have this now :-)

Rachana said...

Gorgeous clicks! Loved this flavourful dal... Yumm.

Panchpakwan said...

Looks colorful and delicious..

Biny Anoop said...

hey dat look s yummy and wow wat a presentation....

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Sarah Naveen said...

@ Reshmi..Nope dearie..its not from my garden...
@ laya...thats a teeny tiny bowl...even smaller than a regular ceramic bowl ;)
@ Lyndsey..try it and lemme know ..
@ Jeen...good to hear that u tried it and loved it...oh yeah sure send me the pic to vazhayila.com@gmail.com
@ Deepa...hey infact thats a very small pot ;)...
@ namitha chechi...ingottu poru ..enikku santhoshame ullu ;)...

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious we make similar with pumpkin and dal yummy

An Open Book said...

gosh u just gave me an excellent idea..and did i tell u im a big fan of ur pictures:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Dhal looks delicious!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh what a beautiful pictures, dhal I'm totally in ...that tadka simply gorgeous!

kothiyavunu.com said...

Kidu!! ! I can almost get the taste here just by looking at the pics! It looks super delicious!

aipi said...

Lovely daal..nice additition of squash!

US Masala

Foodie Ann said...

I am in love with the picture....:) very beautiful.....:)

Yummy Team said...

Lovely pictures, Sarah..EE dalum koottu chorru kazhikkan kothi varunnu..

Uma said...

amazing pics! .. you make every dish delectable ..

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

No comments Sarah...Just feel like having that dhal with plain steaming rice now! hahahaha...Can I??? ;)

Shabs.. said...

beautiful pics and dish sarah!

Nitha said...

I ve never tried masoor dal.. Shall give this combo a try very soon..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum! lovely click....

Ms.Chitchat said...

Gorgeous looking comfort dal.

coolblogger said...

yummy and lovely dish!

notyet100 said...

looks so healthy nd yum,..

Roshan said...

lovely clicks....the dal and squash combination is awesome...!!

jeyashrisuresh said...

i havent tried masso dal in my cooking sofar. Very beautiful cicks and love the recipe

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv it with rice n rotis...looks super yum..healthy n tasty treat

Shalini said...

nice dal recipe. pictures are too good. cheers:)

women-wisdom.com said...

Comfort recipe for chapathi also. Superb click. Just wants me tto keep on seeing it.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekeran,
http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

Nandini said...

Love the dal. Perfect with rice.

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm....delicious. I would love that with paratha.

Rekha shoban said...

perfect with rice and presentation...nice presentation sarah!

Priya said...

Dal looks abosolutely irresistible and comforting..

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

kidu pic molu... adipoli curriyum picture um.. :)

Simply delicious said...

Beautiful click!
thattimutti pokunnu madam he he

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Lovely clicks...
Mm yumm dal.. loving the addition of butternut squash.. I have never done soo far...

Radka said...

Beautiful blog and photos. Have a nice day Radka.

San said...

Dal looks so vibrant sarah .Lovely presentation.

nandini said...

I am completely bowled over by the pics. The dal shot is mind blowing... And liked all the colours and that you have used in the first click. Great job.

Jaisy James said...

adipoli ayittundu ketto sure ayum try cheyyam

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sounds really good! Pictures are so professional!

Angie's Recipes said...

What a great autumn soup! And the pictures are amazing.

Krishnaveni said...

delicious dal, beautiful

lissie said...

healthy and nutritious dal...delicious too!

meeso said...

A great way to eat squash and make the dal even healthier, looks wonderful!

Ann said...

I made this Sunday night, it was a refreshing change to regular dhal. your recipe was simple and easy to follow, and you take such great pics. Canon or Nikon? =)

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Ann... Good to hear that u tried and loved Butternut squash dal!!! Thanks a lot about the pic dear...
Its Nikon :)

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