chickpea, CURRY, Gravy, HEALTHY COOKING, Indian, Side, Spicy, Vegan, VEGETARIAN


OPA SQUASH DUMPLINGS IN SPICY CURRY-Kofta Curry.  @foodfashionparty

When things are in a rush, every body’s got lots to do and you feel the need for extra couple of hours in a day….then comes the spicy yummy meal craving. Β That’s when one pot meals come in handy.

Don’t you love one pot meals?

There are so many beautiful blogs with great food ideas. Β Came across this dish in a blog and thought it was a nice idea. Just reminded me of the dish my mum used to make. Β The interesting thing about the method there was they cooked the dumplings in the curry. Β First, it’s easier. Secondly, the dumplings are way more flavorful when it’s cooked in sauce. So that’s what I did and it turned out great.

A simple, healthy and easy Indian curry which goes perfect with some flatbread(rotis).

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Lightly adapted from Vegetarian Ventrures. This squash and chickpea curry is simmered in a smooth sauce to make a delicious and delectable curry.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
For the dumpling
  • ½ cup of chickpea flour
  • ½ tsp chilly powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
For the curry
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 2 tsp ginger/garlic paste
  • 2 tomatoes finely diced
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder(optional)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut water(optional)or plain water
  • 1 cup water
  1. Prepare the squash by peeling it, cutting the core off and grating it. Put it in a cheese cloth and take out all the water.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the squash, chickpea flour, and the other ingredients for the dumpling. The mixture should be a stiff one, you should be able to make dumplings. Adjust the chickpea flour accordingly. It should not be too stiff either, then the dumplings will not be moist.
  3. In a cast iron pan or any non-stick pan. Add 2 tsp of olive oil. Add the very finely chopped onions and let it brown for a minute.
  4. Add the ginger/garlic paste and fry until the raw smell disappears. Add the tomatoes and all the other ingredients for the curry with coconut water and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Make small portions of the dumpling and add it to the curry while it is simmering. Put a lid on the pan and let cook for another 15 minutes on simmer. Check for water every 5 minutes, the curry has to be liquid and not too dry.
  6. SErve hot with some buttered rotis or Naan.
Note: The color of the dish comes partly from the use of tomatoes and a variety of red chilly powder, called
DEGI Chilly powder
which is milder and has a vibrant orange-red color to it.

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  • Reply October 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Oh boy this just looks so so good. Look at that sauce. I shouldn’t have even come here. It is dinner time and I have nothing to eat πŸ™ Great pictures as always!!

  • Reply The Squishy Monster October 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I want this for dinner, you’ve started a craving, girl! =)

  • Reply Nithya Naveen October 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Beautifully captured.. Very tempting squash gravy..

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen October 10, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Gorgeousness! Love the idea of one pot meals, too, Asha. They’re life savers! Your dish looks phenomenally good. Comfort foot at its finest with those yummy dumplings and that satisfying sauce…when you’re looking for some extra spice. Together? Heavenly! Cannot wait to make this dish. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning (of course)!

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 11, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Oh my, I really have to make these especially if they’re one pot! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen October 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

    This looks so flavorful!

  • Reply Liz Berg October 11, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Beautiful photos (again!!!). I love dumplings, but have never thought of making them with squash. It must add a delicious sweetness…I’d love a big bowl πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shashi Charles October 11, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I am a HUGE fan of one pot meals – specially when they are big enough to last a few days πŸ™‚
    Asha – your curry is so thick and ooh…I so badly wanna grab a piece of naan or roti and dip it in your curry! Opa squash I gotta look for – your dumplings sound scrumptious – GORGEOUS clicks!!!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 11, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I totally love one pot meals, especially when I have to deal with dishes afterwards. Loving this recipe and really you take such beautiful pictures!

  • Reply Monica October 11, 2013 at 3:16 am

    The pictures of your food just make me want to pull up a chair, rip apart a piece of that roti, scoop up some of dumplings, and dig in! It looks delicious and yes, one pot meals are wonders!

  • Reply Nazneen Hamilton October 11, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I like this idea! Bhajiyas in a curry other than a dahi karhi, never thought of doing that.
    They look yummy, and one pot too!


  • Reply Shefali October 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Love that curry. The pics look amazing too. Who knew roti could photograph that well πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 11, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I always enjoy an easy and flavorful one-pot meal like this one!

  • Reply nitaeats October 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

    This looks absolutely divine!!!

  • Reply caribougrrl October 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

    that looks fantastic!

  • Reply Asmita October 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Ash,
    This looks mouthwatering! I love doodhi and doodhi koftas sound delicious!

  • Reply Jeanette October 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    These dumplings look amazing in the flavor sauce – pinned for later – would love to try this!

  • Reply Cristina October 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    What a beautiful dish, the colors are so vibrant. Would love to try those dumplings! Yes, do like one pot meals. πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely weekend, Ash!

  • Reply CQUEK October 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Looks gorgeous! I am coming over

  • Reply Archana@FeedingTheFoodie October 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    oh dear – this looks so comforting.. I love eating spicy food on rainy days and its been raining here for days. Those rotis of yours look so good charred in some spots. Yumm!!

  • Reply kani magesh October 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Yummy!!Beautiful picture Asha.

  • Reply valentina maria kenney wein October 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I am loving this! What a cozy, comforting, delicious meal. Makes me want have dinner on the sofa in front of the fireplace. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joanne October 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Oooo what a beautiful meal! I love the looks of those dumplings. And such a great idea to cook them IN the curry! So much easier.

  • Reply Priya Suresh October 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Cant resist to the colour of the curry,very delightful and delicious..

  • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks y’ll. Indeed was a comforting and simple meal.
    @Stacy thanks a ton my lovely girl.

  • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    @Monica-you are so sweet, thanks for the kind words..
    @Liz-:)thanks so much

  • Reply Swathi Iyer October 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Delicious curry Asha, I like kofta curry a lot, your version sounds perfect for any meal.

  • Reply October 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I love slow-cooked meals especially one pot meals. It’s easy to put everything in there and cook for hours until it’s ready to eat! Mmmm, I would love to devour the squash dumplings in that spicy curry – I saw a lot of chickpea flour products here in Buenos Aires, and I would love to use it for something! Beautiful photos, Asha and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Angie Schneider October 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

    This is so delicious, Asha. I could eat this every day!

  • Reply Kari October 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I am a huge fan of one pot meals, and this one looks great!

  • Reply Daniela Grimburg October 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    That’s a very tempting curry and looks like a real comfort food for colder days!
    The pics are so beautiful, love the shot with onions, flat bread,lemon and curry.

  • Reply Gloria Baker October 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I love these Asha look really delicious!! love your pictures Asha!

  • Reply Amy October 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    This is definitely the perfect spicy one pot meal for busy days. Now you’ve got me craving for some. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    What a vibrant, exquisite dish, Ash! I love both dumplings and curry so this is the perfect dish for me!

  • Reply Caroline Phelps October 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Mmmmm, must make soon.. Drooling..

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen October 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I love one pot meals too because it’s a great time saver!This looks so tasty!

  • Reply Kitchen Riffs October 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

    One pot meals are definitely a good thing. And this recipe looks superb – so flavorful, and so healthy. Really excellent stuff – thanks so much.

  • Reply Lawyer Loves Lunch October 14, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Yummers! I’d be perfectly content with a giant plate of just the dumplings (but will obviously take the curry too if you have any extra) πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nik Sharma October 14, 2013 at 2:03 am

    This looks delicious! Loving the rotis in the background too.

  • Reply marcie October 14, 2013 at 2:23 am

    One pot meals are some of my favorite meals, and not only because there’s only one pot to clean. πŸ™‚ I love the sound of this dish — it looks so warm and comforting!

  • Reply Aditi Raisurana October 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This looks so good!! Excellent pictures.. the rotis look sumptuous as well.

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou October 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Squash and chickpea flour…this is right up my alley. Another great recipe Asha!

  • Reply the Squishy Monster October 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Your dishes are always so gorgeous and I swear I can smell the aroma wafting past the screen!

  • Reply Kiran @ October 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    My kind of comfort food! Beautiful styling, Ash πŸ™‚

  • Reply easyfoodsmith October 15, 2013 at 6:39 am

    That’s a comfort meal indeed and your post reminded me of my Mum’s squash dumplings or koftas. I used to hate them as a kid but fell in love with them growing up!

  • Reply sippitysup October 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Opa is new to me. I’ll have to look it up. I’m assuming it’s a winter squash. GREG

  • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    @Thanks for your comments, yes this is a very healthy and simple meal in one.

  • Reply Asha Shivakumar October 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    @Greg-It’s a different kind of squash, here’s the link, you should definitely try it, a very healthy vegetable.

  • Reply Bill October 16, 2013 at 2:36 am

    OMG! This looks so amazing! I absolutely love your creativity and delicious recipes! Your photography amazing, btw!

  • Reply indugetscooking October 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I absolutely love the way you have photographed this curry. Just makes me want to dip some bread into that sauce and enjoy!

  • Reply Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures October 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Yay – so glad to been of inspiration for this dish! Looks absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Recipe Treasure October 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Wow! This looks mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Rosa's Yummy Yums October 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Mouthwatering and unique! This is definitely a curry for me.



  • Reply Daniela Grimburg October 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Oh boy, this Kofta Curry looks so good, would love to try it right now!
    And that creamy tomato can’t get much better πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks October 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’m often busy so I love easy meals! And one pot meals are fantastic! This looks so good and your photos are amazing, as always! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 22, 2013 at 12:48 am

    This is perfect comfort food for a chilly fall evening! Your photos are beautiful too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sowmya Dinavahi October 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I posted a similar curry few months back… I just love kofta curry.. This looks delicious πŸ™‚ I ll try ur version next time

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