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Yellow Squash Curry

 Published 2007-Nov-08   Updated 2019-Aug-12

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Yellow Squash Kurma, Yellow Squash ki Sabzi)

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Yellow Squash is a vegetable which I first saw after coming to the US. I was very much attracted by its beautiful colour. I got to know from my American friends that this vegetable can be eaten raw. So I tried it in raitas or salad. It is a watery vegetable. So you can use this in any recipe which uses pumpkin or ash gourd.

Todays recipe is a curry, with an Indian touch given to this veggie. Believe me it works excellent. The same recipe can be made using Zucchini, Bottle Gourd or Pumpkin. This creamy Yellow Squash curry goes very well with rice and roti.

Recipe For Yellow Squash Curry

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Yellow Squash - 1 (cubed)
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green chili - 1 (minced)
  • Tomato -1 (chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp 
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp 
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp 
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp 
  • Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut milk - 1/4 cup 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves -5 leaves
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Oil - 2 tbsp 


  1. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  2. Add chopped onion and green chili and saute nicely, followed by ginger garlic paste. 
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and sate till everything forms a gravy.
  4. Now add the yellow squash and fry along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Cover and cook till the squash is cooked adding little water as needed.
  5. Add coconut milk and let the gravy simmer for few minutes.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the yellow squash curry with chapati or plain rice.

Yellow Squash Curry

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Comments (26)

Person   ()
Do we peel the skin off?
Person   ()
Not really needed.
Person   ()
I peeled the skin and also discarded the seed inside. Tastes delicious, try with Indian chapati.
Person   ()
Loved this! used unsweetened soy milk rather than the coconut milk, because I already had a lentil coconut curry in the meal, and I didn't have any garam masala, so I used curry powder. Will make this again!
Person   ()
Awesome. Glad you enjoyed it.
Person   ()
Delicious and so easy! A definite keeper.
Person   ()
Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.
Person   ()
Delicious and so easy! A definite keeper.
Person   ()
Can you change auto-corrected ERROR 'haircut' with 'shortcut' please on original comment. Thanks S.I.R. Admin!
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Made this w squash right out of my garden & took a shortcut w Aldi's Korma Simmering Sauce & their diced tomatoes with green chilis. Omitted the coconut milk. Everything else pretty much the same. It was excellent & will definitely make it again (will revert to this original recipe next time when my tomatoes ripen). Plus, made scratch Naans baked on a wood fire outside. Heaven!
Person   ()
Thats great Vicki. Next time do try with coconut milk. It adds a nice creaminess to the curry.
Person   ()
This is very delicious, I will definitely be making it frequently this summer.
Person   ()
Try it out and don't forget to leave your comments.
Person   ()
I think my previous message was worded badly. I made this curry on Friday and it was delicious. I made it again on Sunday and it's still delicious. We have many summer squashes right now, so I will be making it again very soon.
Person   ()
Thank you so much.
Person   ()
this appears not to be an "Indian recipe" but rather, an East Indian recipe. Please in all future recipes, note which it is. Thanks.
Person   ()
Can you please advise the number of servings for this recipe. I need to make for 10 adults. Thanks
Person   ()
You may have to double the quantity given above to make for 10.
Person   ()
Great thanks
Person   ()
1 squash of what size ( I mean the measurement)?
Person   ()
medium sized yellow squash
Person   ()
My apologies, What is Garam Masala?
Person   ()
Garam masala is a spice blend made with cloves, cinnamon, cardamam, peppercons etc. It is readily available in any indian grocery store.
Person   ()
Nice to learn Kublangya and Mathangya also could be used, what about other vegetables??
Person   ()
any watery vegetables can be used.

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Old Comments

Comment by Jennifer Golden
        I'm as far from an I Dian ethnicity as it gets but am wholly in love with your cuisine! Trying my hand at this dish tonight and have to say my home smells delectable!
Reply :-
       Hi Jennifer, Thanks for trying the recipe and leaving your comments. How did you enjoy the dish? Do try other recipes too. Do ask if you have any questions.

Comment 1 :
        Thanks for the reply.... it was delicious and my husband raved about it!!!! I will be trying the other recipes for sure.
THank you!

Comment by Deepika Nathan
         Hi Dahlia! This recipe turned out really well.. Is there a way we can make this vegetable dry-ish instead of in the gravy style? Thanks!
Reply :-
         Yes you can. In the same recipe, skip the coconut milk and reduce the spices.

 Comment by RESHMA TONSE
This Squash recipie is very easy. A small piece of Jaggary will make it Superb.
Reply :-
           Hey Reshma. Thanks for sharing your comments and tips.

Comment by pranil jadhav
really i like thise recipe. and the method to make thise recipe is so eassy. thanxs mam.
Reply :-
          Thank You Pranil.

 Comment by  Jyothi Nair
          Hi Dahlia,
May I know what do u call "Yellow squash" in Malayalam please?
Reply :-
          Hi Jyothi, I dont think this vegetable is found in India. Hence it may not have a malayalam name. But you can try the same recipe with any squash varieties like Bottlegourd (Churakkai), Ashgourd (Kumbalainga), Pumpkin (Matthanga) etc.


Comment by  Megha Suryawanshi

I tried this recipe today and my husband who doesn't like squash much, loved the curry. 

Reply :-
          Good to know that your husband liked the curry. I'll soon be posting more curries with squash.

Comment by Ash F. on 11 August 2009 23:02PM
           thanks for the recipe...will try it tonight!
Reply :-
          sure... do try and come back with the feedback...

 Comment by  Kris Mavity on 22 July 2009 16:50PM
          Hi Dahlia,
I am an American trying to impress my wife's family. Your recipe worked! My in laws said it was lovely. They already know I make the best Aloo Gobi in the States, but this gave me another dish to work on and perfect. On the first try though - they were quite impressed. Thanks.

I don't know if this post will be answered or not but if it is - I have suddenly taken a real interest in Hing, or asafoetida. If you have any recipes where this features prominently or if you can give me tips on using it effectively, I would love to hear back from you.

Best regards, Kris
Reply :-
           Hi Kris, Good to hear about you cooking skills. Do continue to try many more new dishes.

About hing, it is used in many gravies and pickles. Since it is said to aid digestion and reduce flatulence, it is mainly used in any recipe made with lentils or potatoes. Most of the dals, sambhar, rasam, buttermilk curry has a prominent flavour of hing. Do go through the different vegetarian curry recipes in the website. You can see that most of them use hing.  
    Happy Cooking!!!

Comment by dicksha golap on 10 June 2009 09:48AM
           good food
Reply :-
           Thanks Dicksha.

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