October 31, 2011

Kerala Style Butternut Squash/ Pumpkin Curry (Mathanga Curry)

A very Happy Halloween to all of you !! Hope you all had a fun-n-frolic filled fall season. My little girl is down with a cold :( so we skipped the trick-or-treat this time, but I did manage to dress her up in her Elmo costume and take a couple of pictures. I absolutely love this time of the year as it is neither too cold nor do I have to brave the scorching heat of the summer. The trees look absolutely marvellous with the vivid colored leaves ranging from golden-yellow to blood red to purple. Even a short drive to the grocery shop is a treat to the eyes with all the trees looking their best!

Since my roots are from Kerala I thought of posting a Kerala recipe for this occasion. I have been making this dish very frequently especially during the fall season when Butternut squash is in season, every year. Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin so you can substitute it for pumpkin. 

Serves 6-8

1 Lb - Butternut squash or any Pumpkin
1/4 Cup - Yogurt
1 Cup - Water

To grind
1/3 Cup - Grated fresh Coconut
1/4 Tsp - Cumin / Jeera Seeds
2 - Fresh Green chilly
1 cm - Fresh Ginger
1 clove - Garlic
1/8 Tsp - Turmeric powder

Tadka / Seasoning
3- Red chilly
1/2 Tsp - Black Mustard seeds
Few - Curry Leaves
3- Shallots, thinly sliced

  • Wash, peel and and chop the butternut squash.
  • Cook the butternut squash in 1 cup of water and salt in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes or until done.
  • Add coconut, jeera, green chilly, ginger, garlic and turmeric powder and grind it in a blender. Add this ground paste to the cooked squash
  • Whip the yogurt and add it to the cooked squash
  • In a separate pan, splutter mustard seeds, red chilly curry leaves and shallots and add it to the squash. Adjust the salt. Serve hot with Rice


  1. Soooo colourful and tempting..

  2. wow...wat an inviting recipe...excellent cliks dear..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  3. Delicious mathanga curry..I love this mixed with curd just before serving,adipoli combo!!

  4. The color is vibrant n appetizing ~ great recipe!

  5. Hi Shema..I chanced upon your blog when i was looking around for a pumpkin curry with an Indian twist. Ive tried making a butternut squash soup and wasnt very impressed. Like you mentioned they are in season and its sad to let fall go without trying something with butternut squash. So im gonna give your recipe a try as it looks absolutely gorgeous.. :)

  6. This looks so tempting and delicious. Lovely one.

  7. Shema, I mad this last night! loved it..I did some alterations..but tasted yum!



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