White pumpkin huli or white pumpkin sambar recipeTweet
White pumpkin huli or sambar is a south indian curry made with white pumpkin and lentils. It is also called as poosanikai sambar in Tamil nadu. It is a popular accompaniment for rice, idlis, dosas or vadas and is a common dish in every south indian homes.
- Tur dal - 1 cup
- Tamarind water - 1/4 cup
- White pumpkin - 150 gms
- Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
- 1 string of curry leaves
- Coriander seeds - 4 teaspoons
- Chana dal - 1 teaspoon
- Methi seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
- Whole red chiilies - 5 to 6 nos
- Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
- Salt to taste
- A pinch of asafoetida
- Oil - 1 teaspoon
HOW TO MAKE WHITE PUMPKIN SAMBAR Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan. Stir fry coriander seeds , chana dal, methi seeds, red chillies till light brown. Add grated coconut and saute for 15 seconds. Remove from heat. Grind all the ingredieints with little water to make a smooth paste.
Cut the white pumpkin into medium pieces about 2 inch long and boil with little water till they become soft.
Boil tur dal with enough water and turmeric in a pressure cooker upto 4 whistles. Alternatively, you can boil in a separate vessel with water till soft. Mash the dal and keep aside
For tamarind water, you can soak tamarind in water for 30 minutes and take pulp out of it. Alternatively, you can boil tamarind in water for 5 to 7 mins. Once it cools down, you can easily take pulp out of it.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan. Add tamarind water. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes till the raw smell goes away
Add the ground masala and salt. Cook for 2 minutes on a low flame.
Add boiled tur dal and white pumpkin. Add little water and bring to a medium consistency. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins on a medium flame. Remove from heat,
Give seasoning with mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. .
Serve white pumpkin sambar hot with rice, idlis or dosas.