September 30, 2009

Doodh Pitla (with Butternut Squash)


We had friends over for dinner a few weeks back, and it was one of the few days this past summer that actually felt like summer. I wanted to avoid making anything spicy, and decided to try my luck with a dish that I enjoyed as a kid. This is another tanjore marathi staple (and I'm sure there are variants out there in Tamil cuisine) typically made with pumpkins, with the milk serving to cut the spice levels.

1/2 -1 cup Milk
1 small Butternut squash or pumpkin
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro to garnish

To roast and grind:
1 tspoon cumin seeds: 1 tsp
6-8 Black pepper
2 dry red chillies
1 green chilli
1" Ginger - grated
1 tbspoon Chana dal
1.5 tbspoons Toor dal
1/2 cup Coconut - shredded

To temper:
1/2 tspoon Mustard seeds
1/4 tspon Asafoetida
1 tspoon Urad dal



Chop and boil the squash and set it aside. Roast and grind the ingredients.

In a thick-bottomed pan, mix the paste with the boiled squash along with some water (as needed). Add salt and let this cook for 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat.

Temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, and asafoetida. Take this off the stove and slowly add 1/2 cup of milk (or more if desired) and mix well.

Add chopped cilantro and serve with hot rice.


This treasured recipe pic is going to Heirloom:Click hosted by Jai and Bee at Jugalbandi.


  1. I love Pithla !!! Looks yummy!!

  2. I always thought there was only one version of pithla ... with besan. This is too good ... how about I grate the squash instead of going thru chopping and boiling?
    Shubho Bijoyar onek shubheccha Aswin & Mandira! :-)

  3. Pitla looks beautiful and yummy..

  4. I would love to have this with rice, i have never had this, it looks so yumm, just like one of those comfort curry you eat with rice.

  5. Never came across this dish, though I have come across something called pitlai which I remember is quite different. Interesting!

  6. this is something different from ur kitchen. extremely interesting to me., do keep more of these coming, please.

  7. this is a new dish... looks yummy

  8. I liked the Besan Pithla and this looks yummy too.
    Tomader Dujoner jonyo Bijoyar anek shubhechcha roilo.

  9. Hey Mandira, could I have your email please? I have a particular question to ask you. Thanks! :)

  10. Aswin and Mandira, I made this today and it turned out delicious! Thanks.


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