Wednesday, April 18, 2012


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Sambar is one of the most common dishes served in any South Indian meal.While some varieties of sambar(drumstick,ladies finger,pumpkin,yellow cucumber,radish,mixed vegetable) go well with Idli,Dosa and Rice , some others (chow chow,beans,carrot)go well with only rice. South Indians use most vegetables and greens in Sambar by making some tweaks to the recipe. This is another regular recipe from my kitchen.
(Serves 2-3)

250 gms Red pumpkin,washed and cut into 1" cubes with skin
1/2 cup Toor dal
8-10 small Onions(peeled) or 1 big Onion(diced)
2 medium Tomatoes,roughly chopped
1/4 cup grated fresh Coconut
a gooseberry sized Tamarind
1/2 tsp grated Jaggery
Salt to taste

to roast and grind:
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
5-6 Red chillies
5 Byadige Red chillies(for color)
2 tsp Bengal gram dal(Chana dal)
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp Oil

to temper:
1 tsp Ghee/Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
a sprig of Curry leaves
a pinch of Asafoetida

  • Pressure cook toor dal with turmeric for 3 whistles until the dal is soft.
  • Pressure cook pumpkin cubes ,peeled or diced onions,chopped tomatoes with salt in tamarind water and cook it until the pumpkin pieces are soft.
  • Heat 1/2 tsp of oil and add chana dal and roast until it is red in color and remove it and keep aside.In the same pan add coriander seeds,fenugreek seeds and red chillies one by one and roast them until red.Let them come to the room temperature and powder it.
  • Add grated coconut to it and grind to a smooth paste.
  • In a big vessel,let the cooked vegetable mixture come to a rolling boil.Add cooked toor dal and ground masala to it and add enough water and salt and gated jaggery to it and let it boil for 7-8 mins until the raw smell of the ground masala goes away.
  • Taste sambar at this stage and adjust according to your taste buds.
  • In a small pan heat ghee and crackle mustard seeds and add curry leaves and hing and fry for 30seconds and add this tadka to the boiling sambar and give a quick mix and switch off.

Serve it hot with Idli/dosa/Rice.

  • You can follow the same recipe for vegetables like Drumsticks,Bottle gourd, White pumpkin, Chow-Chow, Radish and Carrot.
  • For a variation you can skip the roasting the spices part and replace that with 2-3 tbsp Sambar powder and grind it with coconut and follow the same process.


  • For a Vegan version use oil instead of ghee in the seasoning.


Sumi said...

Love it..I only make puli kuzhambhu with pumkin.Never tried sambhar.Delicious recipe.

Sobha Shyam said...

lovely and flavourful sambhar, nice clicks..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I can see your reflection in last pic :-)Nice , comfort sambar with pumpkin

Hamaree Rasoi

Aruna Manikandan said...

sambar looks perfect and delicious :)

Spicy-Aroma said...

delicious looking sambar..beautiful clicks!!

Unknown said...

Very comfort and yummy sambar...

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Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Though my mom makes sambar with pumpkin i never tried. beautiful clicks and yummy sambar

Prema said...

wow delicious sambar,luks yum...

Priya Suresh said...

Cant take my eyes from that idli floating in sambar click..yummy comforting food..

Gayathri Anand said...

Love this a lot ..too tempting ...lovely presentation...

Unknown said...

if u put such amazing pics , you are risking self invites.. love the idli sambar pic.. reminds me of a restaurant back home where the waiters knew us by name and served us extra of everything. gone are those days.
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Indian Khana said...

Never ate pumpkin soup ...looks yum..shall try next time ...n sambar idli ...yum..aise kyun tempt karti hai?

Akila said...

wow that was yummy n delicious dish...

Sensible Vegetarian said...

I love this Sambar with a slight tine of sweetness and your pictures make be speechless. fantastic.

Indian Khana said...

Sorry for typo: meant pumpkin sambar :)

Soundspicy said...

Idly and Sambar..perfect comfort food..lovely presentation..

R said...

looks delicious, nice clicks too. said...

Yummy Sambar :) Nice pics.
Thanks for posting. said...

Yummy Sambar :) nice pics. Thanks for posting.

Nitha said...

delicious sambar.. I too love the sweetness of pumpkin in sambar..

hemalata said...

Delicious looking gummadikaya the presentation.

Pari Vasisht said...

Love the pumpkin sambhar and with fresh masala, it has to be good.
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Recipeswap said...

Nice color and presentation. Will be so good with rice.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

beauuuuuutiful & yummy post....drooling here..;)
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Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

yum! i love red pumpkin sambar, the sweet and spicy taste is just something else :)

San said...

Hey prathy you are following food timing sense. I see that you are consistent in blogging dear. Pumpkin sambar is delicious. Wish i could have this sambar with rice and the bondas you posted earlier hmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

sambar is very tasty yummy.....

Anonymous said...

Tried it tonight, it was really yummy. Thanks for sharing

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