Pumpkin Sambar

Even though this sambar is very similar to another recipe the taste of the sambar is pretty diff. I add lot of pumpkin into it. Pumpkin has lot of fiber. It gives very nice sweet flavour. With Tamarind sour taste and pumpkin sweet taste together it is really mouth watering. This sambar goes very well with idli also
  • Pumpkin-  400g
  • Thuar dhal – Half cup
  • Garlic - 5 pods (sliced lengthwise)
  • Sambar powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Sambar (Small) onion – 10 cut length wise
  • Tamarind - Gooseberry size (small ball)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon oil
For seasoning:
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • Half teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • Dry Chillies - 2
  • 1 string Curry leaves


  • Wash and cut Pumpkin into 2 inch pieces. If the skin is soft you can cook with Skin
  • Heat 3/4 cup of water when it is hot switch off and add tamarind to it and leave it aside for 15 mins
  • After 15 mins with your hand mash the tamarind well. Strain the tamarind water and keep it aside
  • Wash thuar dhal and add 1 cup of water and cook it  (3/4 cooked).  If you are using pressure cooker cook till 2 whistle
  • In a Kadai add 1 teaspon oil when it is hot add onion and garlic and fry for sometime
  •  When sound completely off from pressure cooker open the lid. Add  turmeric powder, fried Onion, Garlic and pressure cook till soft. (completely cooked. One more Whistle)
  • In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot, add mustard. When it pops up, add fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds,dry chillies,curry leaves and asafetida and fry for just a second 
  • Add Pumpkin and fry for few mins
  • Add tamarind and water
  • When it start boiling add sambar powder and add to it. (you can add sambar powder before adding water and fry for 2-3 mins this will give different flavour)
  • When Pumpkin is cooked, add cooked dhal and salt. If it is too thick add water according to desired consistency 
  • let it boil for 10 mins
  • Switch off and now it is ready to be served