Easy Butternut Squash with Bengali Five Spice (Panch Phoran)

Squash (any variety) is one of the few vegetables I strongly disliked growing up.But its funny how your tastes develop over the years!Many of the foods I didn’t like earlier are now my favorites and I keep finding new ways to cook them :)Although, this preparation is not new.Its the way my mom makes it and you can use any squash instead of Butternut!Since squash is inherently sweet this dish has a sweet taste but the Five Spice used here just balances the sweetness perfectly.

I’ve used the Bengali Five Spice also called Panch Phoran that consists of equal amounts of the following seeds,Cumin,Fennel,Mustard, Fenugreek and Nigella!You can make the combination at home or buy it from your Indian Grocer!Its an aromatic mix of spices that flavor almost any vegetable and all you need is a teaspoon or two.Little bit goes a long way and its used a lot in Bengali kitchens in a lot of preparations!

An easy and flavorful dish ideal for weeknights for an Indian Inspired dinner that’s also vegan and healthy!You will be amazed at how good this is!

Easy Butternut Squash with Bengali Five Spice (Panch Phoran)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


Butternut Squash stir fried using Bengali Five Spice (Panch Phoran) for an amazing and easy side dish!


  • Buttersquash peeled and cubed-2 cups
  • Panch Phoran(Bengali Five Spice)-2 tsp
  • Jalapeños (green chilli)-1 chopped
  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste


  1. Heat oil in a skillet.
  2. Once heated add the Panch Phoran followed by jalapeños until it splutters.Immediately add the squash and salt.
  3. Lower the heat, cover and cook, stirring in between until done (about 10-12 minutes).
  4. Serve with Rice or Roti.



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  1. Absolutely delicious! One of my favorite varieties of squash, and I need to try this spice mix…wonderful!
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  2. looks so good and comforting. Reminds me of food from home.
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  3. Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall foods! This looks great!
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  4. this sounds so flavorful! perfect for dinner tonight!
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  5. What a fabulous idea to season butternut squash with 5-spice! I have some 5-spice (not sure what brand), but never know what to do with it. This looks perfect!
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  6. I love the bite of these spices! I am sure it would go great with butternut squash!
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  7. I love butternut squash, and it’s always wonderful to learn new ways to cook it. This sounds wonderful.
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  8. I love butternut squash…this is such a unique way to make squash Indian-style!

  9. I love squash cooked Indian style, this looks and sounds gorgeous :)

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  10. I have not worked with Bengali five spice but I do love fennel and methi seeds a lot in some of my vegetable dishes, especially squash and carrots.
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  11. Yum! I love panch phoron!

  12. This sounds so delicious! I didn’t know there was such a thing as Bengali five spice! Seems very versatile. And Butternut squash is such the perfect vegetable for this season!
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