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Kapha/Vata Balancing, Pitta in Moderation

Pumpkin Sambar

Pumpkin sambar is a traditional South Indian soup-like dish. It is typically served with rice or as a side dish with dosa or idli. Pumpkin sambar has several health benefits. It is rich in dietary fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.

Total Time
25 min
Simple Tasty Recipes

Ingredients for 4 – 5 Servings

  • 2 tbsp

    Sunflower or Coconut Oil

  • ½ tsp

    Mustard Seeds

  • 1 stalk

    Curry Leaves

  • 300 g


  • ½ cup

    Toor daal

  • 1 tsp

    Turmeric Powder

  • ½ tsp

    Chili Powder

  • 3 tsp

    Sambar Powder

  • 1/6 tsp


Total Time

  • Cooking Time
    25 min

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  1. Wash and soak the toor daal for 2 hours or over night in hot water

  2. Drain the water and cook the toor daal in 3 cups of fresh water for 20-25 minutes or until they are soft

  3. Peel and cut the pumpkin into cubes and set aside

  4. Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves

  5. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the mustard seeds begin to pop

  6. Now add the pumpkin along with the salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, hing and 1 cup of water. Cook until the pumpkin starts to turn soft

  7. Add the cooked toor daal and sambar powder and cook on low heat for another 8-10 minutes. Add water if necessary to maintain a sauce-like consistency

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