Recipe Title : Lentil Butternut Squash

Nidhi Nahata

To make a Lentil and Butternut Squash bake at home, you need:

  • 2 cups butternut squash, deseeded, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks.
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida. 
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric. 
  • 1 tbsp garam masala. 
  • 1 tbsp Kasturi Methi (dry roasted). 
  • 1 cup lentils (Channa dal), soaked and cooked. 
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes. 
  • 1 cup plant-based milk. 
  • 250ml hot vegetable stock. 
  • 1 lemon, halved. 
  • Sea salt and black pepper. 
  • 1 cup Cashew instant cheese. 
  • 1 small cup handful of coriander roughly chopped. 
  • 1 pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional).


  • Step 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
  • Step 2. Heat a pan over and add ground turmeric, asafoetida and chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook until the spices are fragrant. 
  • Step 3. Add the cooked lentils and vegetable stock to the pan and cook for a while. Add the plant-based milk and the steamed butternut squash to the pan and mix well. 
  • Step 4. Taste the curry and add salt and garam masala according to your preference. 
  • Step 5. Dry roast the Kasturi methi untill fragrant and crush and add it. 
  • Step 6. Transfer the curry mixture to a baking tray and drizzle it with instant cashew cheese. 
  • Step 7. Bake the mixture in the oven for 20-25 minutes until it is golden brown. 
  • Step 8. Garnish with chopped coriander and a pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional). Serve hot with lemon wedges on the side.You can have it with rice, and roti.

Tip: Instead of Squash you could also use Pumpkin.

About Author

“Behind Every Healthy Body, there is a Story, and it begins with Mindful Choices.”
Nidhi Nahata is a trained Psychologist, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Sound Healer, and Certified Lifestyle Coach.
Her journey into Health and Wellness began with certifications as a Health Coach from Sharan India in 2016, followed by eCornell T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutritional Studies in NYC in 2020.
In 2017, she dared to redefine the Hospitality Industry by Founding India’s 1st Whole Food Plant-Based Restaurant, Justbe by Nidhi Nahata.
Her mission is to Break Myths surrounding Healthy Food and envision a world thriving on a Plant-Based Lifestyle!