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Drumstick squash sambar

Sambar is a staple in my kitchen. Sambar is called ‘huli’ in kannada. Either sambar or rasam will be in my menu at least 5 times a week and we never get tired of it.
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Karnataka
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins



  • 2 drumstick
  • 2 tbsp sambar powder
  • 1 cup pigeon pea (toor dal)
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 medium onion slices
  • 1 medium tomato roughly chopped
  • A small piece tamarind
  • A small piece jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • A few coriander leaves


  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp urad dal (optional)
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • A generous pinch asafoetida (hing)


  • Soak tamarind in ½ cup water for 15-20 minutes. Extract tamarind water and discard the pulp. Set aside
  • Wash toor dal and boil it with sufficient water in a pressure cooker until completely done. Lightly mash it and set aside
  • Cut the drumstick into 2-inch pieces
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a frying pan or kadhai. Add onion and saute until it is translucent
  • Add tomatoes and mix well. Cook until the tomatoes are slightly mushy
  • Add drumstick, tamarind extract, jaggery, sambar powder, salt, and 2 cup water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer until the chayote squash is completely cooked
  • Add the toor dal and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add some water to adjust the consistency if required
  • In a small pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add cumin seeds, urad dal, dry red chilli, hing, and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds
  • Pour this tempering onto the sambar
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot


You can adjust the amount of sambar powder as per your preference.
Nutrition Facts
Drumstick squash sambar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 107IU2%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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