I usually shy away from making dal. Its because no matter how hard i try, i feel i never make enough justice to it. Lets just call this a cook s block or something. But then a while back, my spinach garlic dal became such a huge success with the husband that i ve become a little more venturesome when it comes to making dal at home these days.
From then on, i ve been experimenting on and off with different recipes that involve dal. This pumpkin dal is a regular that i make at home. Its more a south indian recipe than anything else, if you get what i say. And it doesnt use pumpkin but then butternut squash is more often referred to as pumpkin in India and hence the title. But rest assured that even pumpkin will work beautifully well in this dal. The mild sweetness in the pumpkin or the squash complements the tang of the tamarind. So yes, feel free to sub butternut squash with pumpkin if you are lucky enough to find some.