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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