Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Toor Dal Butternut Squash Kheer

 Toor Dal Butternut Squash Kheer

Butternut Squash belongs to the Cucurbita moschata species. Beige colored and shaped like a vase. This is watery and tastes like sweet potatoes.

Nutritional Facts
Rich in complex Carbohydrates
Low in saturated Fat and Sodium.
Good source of vitamins A and C
Good source of Beta-Carotene, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium and Potassium.

Sugar,Milk,Cashewnuts,Cardamom,Raisins,Grated Butternut Squash

Ingredients for Butternut Squash Kheer/Payasam
Butternut Squash - 2 cups ,grated
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - 2 cups
Toor dal - 2tbspn ,boiled and mashed
Cardamom - 4no
Cashewnuts - 6no
Raisins - 7 no
Ghee - 3tspn
Kandi Pappu /Toordal boiled and mashed


1.Wash,Peel Butternut Squash and remove the seeds and excess fiber and grate into thin long stripes.

2.Heat the saucepan and add 1tspn of ghee and fry the grated squash for 2minutes and add milk; stir for a while and cover with lid and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until squash is tender.

3.Add Sugar and boiled and mashed Toordal paste ,mix evenly ,add Cardamom powder and stir until Sugar melts and cook for another 3 minutes in medium flame .

4.Fry Raisins,Cashewnuts in 2 tspns of Ghee and pour on the kheer and remove from fire.

5.Allow Kheer to cool completely, chill in refrigerator for 1 hr and Serve.Easy to make and rich in taste.

Jihva for ingredients
Due to longweekend vacation i made this sweet before but I dont have enough dal powder for the week ahead.
So,first entry became as a second entry for JFI - "Dal of the month - July" event hosted by hostess Sailaja of Sailu's Food.
See Krithika's Butternut Squash Subzi for another tasty variety.
Recipe Source: Own Experiment with food


sudhav said...

Lovely sweet vineela, a must try one..thank you for sharing..

Anonymous said...

Oh! Vineela, When did you say you are coming to visit my garden? :) you make the best sweet dishes around here!

Anonymous said...

Were you wearing a blue top and red pants when you were eating this?:)

Vineela said...

Sudha - thanks for your comments
LG - Very good observation but never thought somebody could identify this.
Thank you.

linda said...

Sounds and looks like a delicious dessert! Do you think it would work with pumpkin too?

Krithika said...

Your Own experiment with food ? What an experiment !Who would have thought of using toor dal/pumpkin kheer? Your picture looks mouth watering. Great job !

Tanuja said...

wow yummy sweet dish vineela eppudu vinaledu ee renti combo, thanks for sharing such new ideas:)

Nabeela said...

mmmm.....looks good. That's a good idea you got there Vineela

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RP said...

Great pictures as always, vineela! Long time ago, I bought a butternut squash. But I didn't know what to do with it. The recipes I found on google didn't look comfortable for me to try. So it sat in the fridge for about a month before I threw it away. Thanks for this recipe. Sounds delicious.

Neelu said...

Picture is as beautiful as always. Nice recipe. I made soup out of this squash turned out good. Wil try this next time. Very innovative !

shilpa said...

Great pivs vineela. Thanks for sharing.

sudha said...

I never tried any recipes with butternut squash. I think i should start. Thanks for sharing this delicious dish.

Ashwini said...

What a unique recipe.

Linda said...

Vineela, this looks delicious. In autumn I bake this, or acorn squash, in halves (seeds removed) and add butter and sugar in the cavity at the end. Served as a side dish.

Your kheer is a nutritious one-dish meal!

Priya said...

Kheer looks so yummmyyy Vineela...and nice lil flower idea. Will look for the squash during my next visit to the grocery store.

V N said...

u hv a great blog here. am majorly into cooking these days, but wud make sure that my mom sees ur blog as well.

shall come back for more!

starry nights said...

Never dreamed of making kheer with butternut squash, have had it during thanksgiving with brown sugar. wonderful idea . thanks fr sharing.

santhi said...

Hi Vineela,

I get gongura at an Indian store in canoga park. The intersection is Topanga canyon and Saticoy...
Please let me know if u need exact address

Sumitha said...

Yummy yummy:)

gattina said...

I haven't tried butternut squash or any squash) here... but after seeing your dish, look like I'd love it... may give it a try!

santhi said...

pls PM me at for the phone no and address of the indian store.

archana said...

You are never hesitant to mix and match and introduce some real impressive twist to a everyday recipe to make it something extraordinary. I love it. Way to go girl !!!

Vineela said...

Linda,Definetly it will work with Red Pumpkin.Thank you.
Krithika ,Tanuja Thank you.
Nabeela thank you.
Rp,neelu,shilpa - thank you for your comments.
Sudha - thank you.Let me know how you liked it.
Santhi - I mailed you to your gmail id.Thank you.
Ashwini ,linda,priya,starrynights - Thanks for your comments.
Archana - Thank you
Gattina - Thank you.P.S let me know how you liked the taste if you prepare.

Meenakshi said...

Hey Vineela,
Once again an innovative idea, like the sushi podi rolls. Who’d have ever thought of making kheer with butternut squash! Fantastic file photo too, of the cashewnut adorned kheer, in a heart shaped cup, tantalizing the taste buds! Butternut squash is similar in texture and taste to yellow pumpkin available easily India. Yellow pumpkin is one of my favourite vegetables, as it tastes fantastic when cooked fresh, and is also a rich source of vitamin A. At home we usually make either a poriyal out of yellow pumpkin, or we use it along with other vegetables in sambar.
Meenakshi at PRITYA

Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info »

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i found your blog looking for pictures of mint. Your food looks amazing and you are really good at photographing it. I am going to try one of your recipes very soon.

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