Monday, November 19, 2007


This is baby bottle gourd and also known as indian opo squash .This recipe has my own procedure and spice mix to it.For making dals i make my own masala like crushing a garlic along with chilli powder.Today i added a tablespoon of powdered sesame seeds to it to give a different flvaour .

baby opo squash 4
1 cup toor dal
2 med size tomatoes
4 green chillies
turmeric 1/2 tsp


cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
dry red chillies 2
curry leaves a small sprig
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
hing/asafoetida a pinch
oil 1 tsp
jeera methi powder(optional)

spice mix(optional)

chilli powder 1 tbsp or to taste
garlic 2 pods
sesame seeds 1 tbsp

cut the opo squash,tomatoes into cubes.
Pressure cook toor dal,turmeric powder,tomatoes,green chillies,opo squash all together in 2 cups of water.
when it is done u can mash the dal or just stir well.add water if required.
add salt and chilli powder/spice mix.

make tadka and add this tadka to the cooked dal.
serve hot with any fried curries or papad.

spice mix:

take the sesame seeds into a mortar and make it into fine powder.
To this add crushed garlic and mash the garlic and add chilli powder to it.
mix well .
add this to the curry.


Asha said...

I have to look for those Opo squash! Dish looks delicious!:)

Kribha said...

Baby bottle gourds look really cute. I've never seen them before nor do I get it here. But the pappu looks so comforting with that side dish. BTW, what vegetable is that you have for your side-dish?


sorakkaya pappu looks ummy:)I like the picture of the masala mix ...!!!

sagari said...

spice mix in dhal is very new to me thanks for sharing and dhal looks lovelyyyyyyy shanti

Laavanya said...

The spice mix seems like a very flavorful addition to the dhal. Looks yummy Shanti.

Nags said...

never tried anyting with squash before. nice recipe :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Very nice... Your family relished it, no doubt!

Lissie said...

very nice curry, shanti! loved the spice mix in the mortar :)

TBC said...

What a nice recipe,Shanti!:-)

Seena said...

Wow,very tasty looking dish, to have it with rice.