Dal Free Sambar

Prep Time
15 hours
Cook Time
20 hours

Sambar is a much loved south indian staple.

But a heavy dal sambar along with rice and other accompaniments becomes very heavy and unhealthy. Instead, opt for this dal free sambar. It is still as tasty with pumpkin adding to the creaminess of the sambar, Other starchy veggies like sweet potato, yams etc can also be used as a base for this sambar.

  • ½ cup pumpkin chopped
  • 1 cup finely cut veggies like beans, carrots etc
  • 1 tsp sambar powder
  • 1 small sized tamarind
  • 1/4 cup ground fresh coconut (optional)
  • Coriander leaves for decoration
  • Mustard seeds, red chillies for tempering
  • Soak tamarind in water for 15 mins and extract the juice
  • Steam pumpkin and puree
  • Steam other veggies, do not overcook
  • Boil the tamarind extract with turmeric powder till raw smell is gone
  • Add pumpkin puree and other veggies, sambar powder, ground coconut paste, salt and give a gentle boil
  • Do dry tempering without oil and add to the sambar
  • Garnish with coriander leaves

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06:29 PM | 13-03-2022

How to do dry tempering? Just the same mustard seeds and urad dal without oil?

Asha Shivaram

09:42 AM | 07-09-2022

Yes, use a heavy bottomed pan and sauté on medium flame without oil

07:04 PM | 16-02-2022

White or yellow pumpkin ?

Asha Shivaram

12:01 PM | 21-02-2022

White pumpkin does not have enough starch. Use yellow

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