Butternut Squash Bharit

Bhurta or bharit , is usually associated with roasted vegetables , smashed and spiced up by red chilli powder or paprika and garam masala powder. 

Though ,  roasted eggplant bharta is one of the most popular and commonly prepared. In western India , vegetables like pumpkin and potato are steamed ,  smashed and then flavoured with tempering of cumin seeds , finely chopped green chilies .

During the fall season in the USA a variety of squash is available. This Butternut squash bharit or bhurta is inspired by Mom’s recipe of pumpkin bharit.

This Recipe is free from :




☒tree nuts








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  1. Butternut Squash -  Peeled and cut into small cubes - 1 Cup

  2. Vegetable oil - 1 Tsp

  3. Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp

  4. Hing powder - ¼ Tsp

  5. Green chillies - finely chopped - 3-4

  6. Curry leaves - 4-5 

  7. Salt to taste

  8. Cilantro - finely chopped  - for Garnishing.



  1. Steam the butternut squash cubes in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. Smash the butternut squash using a potato masher. 

  2. In a small kadai , heat 1 Tsp of oil. Once hot , add cumin seeds , hing powder ,  Finely chopped green chilies , curry leaves. 

  3. Add the hot tempering or tadka to mashed butternut squash. Add salt to taste and mix well. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro . Serve hot with Roti.