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North Indian Butternut and Potato Curry, served over fluffy Basmati Rice. Subtle flavor, soothing and comforting. | #indiancurry #vegetarian #butternut #aloo #rajisthanifood #potatocurry #currypotaotes

Rajasthani Butternut Squash and Potato Curry

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: main, vegetarain, curry
  • Method: stove-top
  • Cuisine: Indian, Rajasthani, Hindu, North Indian


A soothing and comforting North Indian Butternut Squash and Potato Curry hailing from Rajasthan, featuring winter squash and potatoes, using whole spices and ghee, served over fluffy basmati rice. 


Units Scale

( You want a total of 2 pounds squash and potatoes combined.)

Serve with Fluffy Basmati Rice 


  • Prep your winter squash and potatoes- making sure potatoes are cut a little smaller than squash-see notes.
  • Gather all your spices together, the cooking part will go fast.
  • In a large, heavy bottomed, or cast iron skillet, heat the ghee over medium heat.
  • Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, whole cloves, smashed cardamon pods ( including shell) , nigella, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and sauté until they begin to crackle.
  • Add the yogurt, chili powder, cumin, coriander, ground turmeric, optional asafoetida powder, and fry 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato and its juices and the lemon juice. Cook 2 minutes. Add water, salt and stir.
  • Add the potatoes and the winter squash, give a stir, cover tightly and simmer gently 15-20 minutes until tender. Check for doneness. You want the potatoes to get tender, being careful not to overcook the butternut… so continue simmering covered, until potatoes are fork-tender, adding a splash more water to loosen up the flavorful sauce.
  • Give a final stir, taste for salt, adjusting to taste, turn over onto a serving dish, scraping out all the goodies out of the bottom of the pan, and pile it over the squash and potatoes. Remove the bay leaves if you like, or use them as a garnish.
  • Serve with Fluffy Basmati Rice.


You want a total of 2 pounds squash and potatoes combined. 

Cut potatoes smaller than squash, because they take a little longer to cook. Use peeled russets, or a non-waxy potato-like yukon ( a “drier” potato) for the best texture. With thin-skinned potatoes, you won’t need to peel. Waxy potatoes like red, or small whites, don’t allow the flavor to soak in quite as much and take a bit longer to cook.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 5.5 g
  • Sodium: 489.6 mg
  • Fat: 10.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.7 g
  • Fiber: 6.7 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.6 mg