How to prepare Sambar-Pumpkin Sambar Recipe
Prep Time : 10 mins
Recipe Category: Sambar Recipes-Side Dish
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
White Pumpkin/ash gourd/poosanikkai-3/4 cup (cubed pieces)
Onion -1 (optional)
Tur Dal -1/3 cup (Soak it in warm water for 15 minutes)
Sambar powder – 2 tsp
Tamarind- small lemon sized ball
Turmeric Powder -1/4 tsp
Salt – 3/4 – 1 tbsp rock salt or as needed (If using table salt use less.)
For the seasoning
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Hing/asaofoetida- a generous pinch
Red Chilli -1
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves -2 sprigs
Coriander Leaves – finely chopped -2 tbsp
Keep all the ingredients for the sambar ready.
Soak tamarind in 1 1/2 tumbler of hot water and extract the juice. Discard the pulp.
Heat oil in a pan/kadai and add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, red chilli, hing and curry leaves.
Add 1/2 cup of water, sambar powder and cook until pumpkin is half done. (Alternatively, you can cook pumpkin in a little water with salt separately and then add)
Hot delicious pumpkin sambar is ready to be served with hot steaming rice. It can be had with idly and dosa also.
I have added 1 tomato in order to reduce the use of tamarind.
You can prepare this sambar without onions also.
Instead of pumpkin any vegetables like drumsticks, ladies finger, brinjal, beans, carrots, capsicum, pearl onions, potatoes can be used to prepare sambar in the same manner. You can prepare the same sambar with mixed veggies like carrot, beans and potato also. Refer my Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe.
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sambar looke so tasty..
Hello..sambar looks yummy, you have a great blog, I love the health beauty tips, very informative.
How much water would you use when you pressure cook the dal?
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Hello,Mrs.PAdma,Possible to try readymade tamarind paste instead of tamarind extract?
Karthik – You can use Tamarind extract. Mix it in water and then add.You can add 1 tsp flat.
Adding a pinch of hing in the tadka gives sambar the extra flavour.
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what if Tamarind is soaked over night?
Can you please tell me how to use kokum/cocum in sambar padhu? Ur dishes taste yummy and so I only need ur recipe for kokum sambar!
Ps: kokum to be used in place of tamarind
I have no idea as I have not made sambar with kokum but you can use kokum in place of tamarind.
why do we add turmeric while cooking toor dal?
If we are using tamarind paste how much tablespoon to be used
Mix 1 tsp of tamarind paste in a cup of water and add.If you like it tart, add a little more than 1 tsp. But I feel 1 tsp is sufficient.
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