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Squash Palya

In Kannada ( my mother tongue) this dish is referred to as palya. Palya means dry fried (dry fried refers to something that requires just a few tsps. of oil)  or sautéed, vegetable dish. This is eaten as a side with rice & curry or with roti.  We can make palya with a variety of vegetables like carrot, peas, okra, green beans, gourds and pumpkins.


Squash Palya


  • Summer Squash – 2 – cut into small cubes.
  • Fennel head – 1 – chopped finely.
  • Green chille – 2 – slit lengthwise.
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig – chopped finely.
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
  • Fresh or frozen grated coconut – 1 tbsp.
  • Frozen or fresh peas – 1/4 cup
  • Cilantro – 1 tbsp. finely chopped
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Salt -to taste.
  • Turmeric  – 1 tsp


  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add mustard seeds when it starts to crackle add curry leave & green chille, sauté for a minute.
  • Add chopped fennel and sauté till translucent.
  • Add Squash and peas.  Cook for 15 minutes at low heat with a lid.
  • When squash is cooked mix in salt and turmeric. Let it cook for 5  minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and sprinkle grated coconut and chopped cilantro.


Serve with roti or as a side with rice and dal.(remove the slit green chillies when serving)