Butternut Squash Dal (Lentils)

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1 cup (250 mL) dried red lentils

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) reduced-sodium vegetable broth

1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp (30 mL) minced gingerroot (or 1-1/2 tsp/7 mL ground ginger)

1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 mL) Indian yellow curry paste or powder

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

3 cups (750 mL) chopped peeled butternut squash (about 1 lb/500 g)

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) milk

1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh cilantro or green onions

Garam masala (optional)

Butternut Squash Dal (Lentils)

Here we combine homegrown lentils with nutritious butternut squash and milk to make a satisfying and absolutely delicious vegetarian main course or side dish.

Tip: This is an excellent introduction to the flavours of curry for kids who haven't tried it. The sweet squash and milk smooth out the taste of the curry allowing them to get use to the combination of spices.

Serves :4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories: 304

Protein: 18 g

Carbohydrate: 50 g

Fat: 5 g

Fibre: 8.4 g

Sodium: 492 mg


Place lentils in a fine sieve and pick through to remove any stones or grit. Rinse well and drain; stir into broth and set aside.

In a large, deep saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; sauté onion for 3 min or until starting to soften. Add garlic, ginger, curry paste (to taste), salt and pepper; sauté for 2 min or until softened. Add lentils in broth, squash and milk. Bring to a simmer, stirring often.

Cover, leaving lid ajar, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 min or until squash and lentils are soft and tender. Remove from heat and mash lightly with a potato masher.

Sprinkle with cilantro and garam masala (if using). Serve with papadum, basmati rice, or naan.

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