Udupi sambar recipe

Udupi sambar is a very popular dish known after the famous temple town, Udupi.  Udupi sambar is made without use of onion or garlic or  garam masala.  The  important ingredients are jaggery, coconut oil and vegetables which are used are either red pumpkin or white pumpkin or drumsticks.   It serves as a good accompaniment for rice, idlis or dosas.


  • Tur dal - 1 cup
  • Tamarind juice - 1/2 cup
  • Grated jaggery - 2 tablespoons
  • Red pumpkin - 3/4 cup (peeled and cut into medium cubes)
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds - 2 tablespoons
  • Fenugreek (methi) seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin (jeera) seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Chana dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Byadagi red chillies - 7 to 8
  • 1 string of curry leaves
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Byadagi red chillies - 2
  • Green chillies - 2
  • A pinch of asafoetida


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE UDUPI SAMBAR RECIPE Wash and soak tur dal for half an hour. Add turmeric powder to soaked dal and pressure cook the tur dal with sufficient water till tender. Mash the dal and set aside.

Step 2

Boil the red pumpkin pieces with enough water till soft. Keep aside

Step 3

Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan. Add coriander seeds, methi seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, red chillies and roast till it changes colour. Then add curry leaves and grated coconut and stir fry for few seconds on low flame. Remove from heat

Step 4

Grind all the roasted ingredients with little water to make a smooth paste.

Step 5

For tamarind juice, soak a lemon sized ball of tamarind in 1/3 cup of water for half an hour to 45 minutes. Extract the tamarind juice from the pulp and discard the pulp.

Step 6

Take a heavy bottomed pan. Add tamarind juice, salt and grated jaggery and cook till the raw smell of the tamarind disappears.

Step 7

Add ground masala, mashed dal, boiled red pumpkin pieces and mix well. Add little water to bring to a medium consistency

Step 8

Simmer the sambar for 5 to 6 minutes on a medium flame. Remove from flame.

Step 9

For seasoning, heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a tadka pan. Add asafoetida and mustard seeds. Once the seeds starts spluttering, add urad dal, green chillies and red chillies. Fry till urad dal changes its colour. Pour the seasoning to sambar.

Step 10

Serve udupi sambar hot with rice, idlis or dosas.

9 Responses to Udupi sambar recipe

  1. Lovely style of sambar.Will try at least once

  2. I am big fan of this type of sambar.. Love the unique taste.

  3. Meghana says:

    great… :). I am from udupi..I have known this taste. 🙂

  4. Kruthi says:

    Can I skip pumpkin? Will it still taste gud?

  5. kushi says:

    Its very tasty, yummy:)

  6. Claude Noronha says:

    I will try tomorrow your recipe

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