Description: Aanapkai or opu is a mild green squash dish, typical in Andhra households. It’s a simple, fresh and easy dish.

Secret Tips: The flavors in this dish are relatively simple so it’s key to start with fresh, good quality opu for best results.


1 squash – peel skin and cut into small cubes (usually found in Indian store)

½ medium chopped onion

1 large green chili chopped (mash with 1 tsp cumin seeds)

1 heaping tsp dhania powder

¼ tsp turmeric

Roasted sesame seeds (powder in a blender)

Preparation Method

Put raw squash in a container and add pinch of salt, turmeric, and chili powder and 1 tsp of oil and heat in microwave

Heat oil on medium heat

Add chili-cumin mixture

Add onions and allow to brown

Add 1/4 tsp turmeric

Add 1 heaping teaspoon dhania powder

Add aanapkai

Add 2 heaping teaspoons of sesame powder

Allow to cook for about 10 minutes

Add 1/ 4 cup milk when 3 / 4 cooked

Allow it to cook in milk until done (cooked but firm)

Add cilantro and another teaspooon of sesame powder

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