Potakhe de Potiron: Chana Dal and Squash Soup


  • 1 ¼ cup chana dal or yellow split peas

  • Vegetable broth as needed.

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 Tb olive oil

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp fresh (preferably) or ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp saffron

  • 4lb butternut squash or kabocha squash

  • 3 Tbs finely chopped flat leaf parsley


  1. Cook the chana dal or split peas in a pressure cooker for one hour with water.

  2. Add vegetable broth as needed, salt and pepper to taste, the oil, cinnamon, ginger, saffron, and put in the squash.

  3. Simmer until the squash falls apart.

  4. Sprinkle with flatleaf parsley and offer khefir or yogurt at the table for people to add as desired.

Source: Adapted from: Mendosa and The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), page 319.

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