Squash Pappu Or Squash Dal


Squash 1 medium size, peeled and cut into small pieces
Toor Dal 1/4 cup
1/4 onion cut into pieces
15 Green Chillies
Salt to  taste
Water 1 cup as required
Turmeric - 1/8 tbsp
a small lime size Tamarind or 1/4 raw mango, cut into pieces

For Tempering:
Oil 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Channa Dal and Urad Dal 1 teaspoon each
Curry leaves 3-5 leaves
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Red chillies - 2
Garlic pods - 2 crushed

1. In a Pressure cooker add dal, Squash pieces, greenchillies, onion pieces, tumeric, Tamarind/Raw mango pieces and 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 5 visils.
2. Once the cooker cools off, mash the cooked dal and add enough salt3.In a pan, add oil and once its hot, add crushed garlic, red chillies, cumin and mustard seeds and fry till they are brown. Add curry leaves to the tempering and switch of the stove.
3. Add the tempering to the dal and mix well and garnish with cilantro.

This dal is very soft and is very good with hot rice and ghee. It also goes well with Roti.

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