Yellow Squash Kootu – Dal Recipes


       Kootu is a South Indian Dish which is simple to make and has good aromatic flavor in it. This dish is a combination of vegetables and lentils which is semi-solid in consistency. I made this dish with yellow squash which is easily available and highly nutritious. This kootu can be served with rice and potato fry.


   Pressure Cook

          1 Cup of Yellow Squash
          1/4 Cup of Yellow Moong Dal
          1/4 Cup of  Toor Dal
          1/2 Tsp of Turmeric
          Pinch of Asafoetida
          1 Tsp of Oil
          Salt to taste

  To Grind

         1/4 Cup of Coconut
         1 Tsp of Cumin
         1/2 Cup of Chopped onion (big or small)
         2 Small Green Chillies
         1/2 Tsp of Pepper Powder

  To Temper

         2 Tbsp of Oil
         1 Tsp of Mustard
         1 Tsp of Urad Dal
         1 Red Chilly
         Pinch of Asafoetida



  • Wash and soak dal for 1/2-1 hour.
  • Wash and cut the yellow squash into big cubes.
  • Take a blender or mixie, add “to grind” ingredients and grind it to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add “pressure cook” ingredients with sufficient water and wait for 4-5 whistles. Then switch off the stove.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add “To Temper” ingredients, wait till mustard crackles then add the rest of the ingredients and saute till it turned brown. 
  • In a medium flame, add ground paste, saute well. Finally add the dal and mix well. Let it boil for 5mins, check the salt and then switch off the stove.


  • Serve with rice and potato fry
  • Add red chilly powder instead of  green chillies.
  • You can follow the same recipe for chayote sqaush or bottle gourd or snake gourd.

 Health Benefits of Yellow Squash

  • Rich in vitamin A and C
  • Abundant in antioxidants.
  • High concentration of beta-carotene and lutein.



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