S is for oven roasted Squash

I’ve recreated this from a recipe I used to enjoy as a child – crispy fried red pumpkin slices.

The squash mimics the sweetness of the pumpkin and oven baking it makes it crisp like the fried version I remember.

Give it a go. It makes a lovely and colourful side dish.

Crispy oven baked squash

Crispy oven baked squash


350 grams butternut squash or red pumpkin sliced

1.5 teaspoons turmeric

1.5 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon sambhar masala* (or cumin – coriander powder)

salt to taste

1/3 cup rice flour (approx.)

2-3 tablespoons oil plus more for greasing the baking tray

Oven roasted squash

Oven roasted squash


1. Marinate the slices of squash with all the spices and salt. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

2. Preheat the oven to Gas 7 (425 F) for about 10-12 minutes. Grease a large baking tray.

3. Dredge the slices of squash in the rice flour and lay them flat on the baking tray.

4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the slices are crispy on the outside and the edges are slightly singed. (Bake for longer on a lower heat if you want them really crispy.)

5. Serve hot.


1. These are best eaten hot. They turn a bit chewy when cold.

2. They go well as a side with a rice and curry. Equally good as appetizers with a dip.

3. Sambhar powder is a spice mix akin to Garam Masala but unique to the Pathare Prabhu community. (You can read more about the PP community and their cusine at varan-bhaat.com) You could substitute this with cumin-coriander powder or garam masala although the taste will be altered.

About The Weekend Baker

Weekend baker, cook book collector, gatherer of family recipes.. I have inherited my love for baking, cooking and experimenting in the kitc
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16 Responses to S is for oven roasted Squash

  1. Carol Graham says:

    We eat a lot of squash – I will try this tomorrow.

    Carol @ Battered Hope

  2. Aditi says:

    Never really thought of having pumpkin that way…looks really good! Will try soon!

  3. shailajav says:

    I have never even heard of squash! Need to see if my mom can make this:)

    Shailaja @Doting Mom

  4. S(t)ri says:

    Brilliant :O I mean it is so brilliant, seriously… My mom will strangle me because, I have already given a lot of recipes from yours and Shalzz blog for her to try.. ha ha ha

    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

  5. Cristina says:

    YUM! I love squash AND pumpkin (or as we call it, calabasa) I love to roast them too. I’ve only done it with olive oil in the broiler, but this coriander business?! Love!!

  6. swathishenoy says:

    This is something am hearing for the first time!! Time to look up the culinary dictionary😀

    Swathi, A-Z Participant

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