Pumpkin Sambar

Pumpkin Sambar

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South Indian Sambar

Sambar is an everyday dish in South Indian cuisine, prepared as a soup or thicker stew. Its main flavor component is tart tamarind. Tip: Sprinkle with grated coconut.

Tamarind

The tart fruits of the tropical tamarind tree have sticky pulp that is widely used in Asian and African dishes to add acidic flavor and to balance hot spices. Tamarind pulp is popular in chutneys, fish dishes, or as a refreshing lemonade-type drink. It’s also a key ingredient in Worchestershire sauce. Tamarind powder should be bought for promptly usage because it can get easily clumpy depending on the surrounding climate.

The Pumpkin Sambar Culinary Spice Kit includes tamarind powder to save you the trip to a special store.

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Sambar
Cuisine Indian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 12 oz pumpkin cubed
  • 1 cups yellow pigeon peas or lentils
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 2 cups broth vegetarian or chicken
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
You Might Have
  • 1 large onion halved and sliced
  • ghee or vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Optional
  • lemon juice
  • agave syrup or brown sugar
Sambar Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Tamarind, coriander, cumin, black mustard, turmeric (organic), fenugreek, asafoetida
  • Pouch [2] Mild chili powder
Cuisine Indian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 12 oz pumpkin cubed
  • 1 cups yellow pigeon peas or lentils
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 2 cups broth vegetarian or chicken
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
You Might Have
  • 1 large onion halved and sliced
  • ghee or vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Optional
  • lemon juice
  • agave syrup or brown sugar
Sambar Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Tamarind, coriander, cumin, black mustard, turmeric (organic), fenugreek, asafoetida
  • Pouch [2] Mild chili powder
Instructions
Prepare
  1. Cook peas according to package instructions.
  2. Cook rice according to package instructions.
Cook
  1. In a POT, heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil.
  2. Fry onions over medium-low heat until they turn translucent. It will take about 5 minutes.
  3. Careful of splatters, add chopped tomato, pumpkin cubes, broth, and Sambar Spices [1].
  4. Add salt, pepper, and Sambar Spices [2] to taste.
  5. Cover POT with lid. Bring to boil.
  6. When boiling, turn heat to medium-low.
  7. Cook until pumpkin is almost cooked, but still firm. It will take about 15 minutes.
  8. Add cooked peas.
  9. Adjust salt & pepper to taste.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Cover POT with lid. Bring to boil.
  12. When boiling, turn heat to medium-low.
  13. Cook until pumpkin is tender.
Optional
  1. Adjust sour- or sweetness with more lemon juice, syrup or sugar to taste.
Last
  1. Serve sambar with rice.
  2. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Substitute pumpkin with (sweet) potatoes , cauliflower, root vegetables, or green beans.
  • Add cooked shredded chicken or beef sausage in step 5.
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