Thursday 10 January 2019

Butternut Squash& Drumstick Leaves Dal Curry

Looking for a simple dal curry to serve with rice of rotis, then you have to check my today's recipe. Its definitely a simple, flavoursome rich and wonderful side dish or curry to have with anything for your dinner or for lunch. My today's recipe calls for both Butternut squash and drumstick leaves, and this is quite a unique combination to work with. Since i had some leftover butternut squash chunks after preparing a soup with, i couldnt stop myself to dish out this dal curry. This dish is simple, easy to make, definitely a flavourful rich side dish or curry to have with both rice and rotis. Butternut squash gives some mild sweetness but with our Indian spices, this dal curry came out extremely delicious.

Butternut Squash & Drumstick Leaves Kootu, Butternutsquash Dal

As i told earlier this dal curry is very simple to dish out. Pressure cooker is much needed to make this ultimate dish. Pressure cooker is a real blessing if you dont have enough time to cook up your meal after a hectic day. Trust me, i cant survive without Pressure cookers and they have their own place in my kitchen. And this dal curry is completely cooked in pressure cooker but flavoured with a simple coconut and cumin paste. Am running this week's blogging marathon with Easy dinner dishes as theme. Obviously this dal curry is going to this week's theme as this dish calls for simple and easy cooking process.

Butternut squash & Drumstick leaves Dal

2cups Butternut squash (cubed)
1/2cup Drumstick leaves
1/2cup Moongdal
1no Onion (chopped)
1no Tomato (chopped)
3 Green chillies (slit opened)
1tsp Mustard seeds+cumin seeds
Few curry leaves
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder

To grind:
1tsp Cumin seeds
3tbsp Grated coconut

Grind the cumin seeds and grated coconut as smooth paste with enough water and keep aside.

Meanwhile take the moongdal,asafoetida powder, turmeric powder, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, slit opened green chillies, cubed butternut squash, drumstick leaves together in a pressure cooker with enough water, cook upto 3hisses.

Butternutsquash Kootu

Add now the already prepared grounded paste to the cooked dal and vegetable mixture.

Cook for few minutes, mash the vegetables a bit.

Heat enough oil in a kadai, let splutters the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, add this tempered spices to the dal.

Put in simmer and cook for a while, put off the stove.

Serve with rice, idlis or dosas.

Butternutsquash Kootu with Drumstick Leaves


vaishali sabnani said...

I have never tried using drumstick leaves , but heard a lot about them . Butternut squash , daal and leaves , all three would make it so healthy and the curry looks really good .
And yes Priya I agree a Indian kitchen without pressure cookers is impossible !

jayashree said...

This dal looks tasty and will be a comfort food for me. I have never tried making this way, must give a try.

cookwithrenu said...

Butternut Squash, drumstick leaves and Moong dal, such a healthy combination in one dish. The dal really sounds so flavourful too.

rajani said...

I make a similar dal with chowchow or pumpkin And even skip the coconut paste. I still tastes delicious! Of course it’s a quick and easy dish and perfect for dinner as well

Kalyani said...

drumstick leaves is such a wonderful addition.. the whole dinner is very inviting, Priya !

Harini R said...

OMG! such a unique combination of butternut squash and drumstick leaves. Bookmarked to try.

cookingwithsapana said...

Butternut squash is my favorite in soups but I have never tried it in dal and curries. Such a wonderful dal with butternut squash.

Gayathri Kumar said...

I love adding drumstick leaves in curries. It gives a wonderful flavor and taste. This curry seems easy enough and would make a delicious meal.

MySpicyKitchen said...

I made curry with butternut squash but never thought about a dal. Looks like a nice side dish for rice and roti.

Suma Gandlur said...

You come up with some unusual combinations and dishes and usually it is a treat to watch you giving twists to the traditional Indian dishes. The dal looks creamy and delicious and together with the vegetable dishes, the whole thali looks inviting.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love using murungaillai along with the squash. That is a good choice of vegetables and pressure cooker is so much needed for our cooking.

Swati said...

The whole platter looks delicious, love the idea of adding drumsticks to dal. We add palak and methi in dal.. never used drumstick leaves.. Looks delicious.