So, What Is Opo Squash?
Opo squash or Calabash, is a popular vegetable in the Indian cuisine, across all regions of the sub-continent. It is great for cooking because it is very mildly flavored, it can take on any flavor you add to it. It also cooks really fast and is very easy to digest. Most importantly, if you are calorie and/or carb conscious, this is a vegetable that should be a key part of your diet. While it is not easy to find opo squash in your regular grocery store, you’ll certainly find it at almost any Indian or Asian grocery store. I always pick one that is small (so I can cook it in one go). When you shop for this vegetable, make sure it has that mild green color, it is firm, and has no soft spots.
One of the main ingredients used in the recipe featured here, is Sesame Chutney Powder. You could make fresh powder just for this recipe – it’s very simple. You’ll need a tablespoon of sesame seeds, a teaspoon of urad dal, one half of a large red chili pepper and salt to taste. Just roast, cool and blend them. Alternatively, store a small jar of this awesome chutney powder in your refrigerator like I do, and use it with other sautéed vegetables. Or simply mix it with steamed brown rice and organic ghee- it’s delicious! This powder puts a savory spin on the opo squash, together with other spices like cumin and mustard seeds.
The other seasoning ingredients add an extra flavor to the dish. Since Sesame Chutney Powder has salt and chili pepper in it, be cognizant about adding extra salt or spice to this curry. I like my food spicy hot, so I always end up adding extra chili powder.
Check Out Our Other Opo Squash Recipe
While we’re on the subject of Opo squash, you might want to check out our delicious Opo Squash Yellow Mung Curry. It’s a “must try” dish! And yes, we’ll be adding more recipes with this very nutritious vegetable.