Udupi Sambar

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About Udupi Sambar

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._x000D_
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Recipe Time & More

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Served AsLunch
Recipe TasteSalty
Servings - 3


  • 1 cup Tur Dal
  • 1/2 cup Tamarind Juice
  • 2 tbsp Jagerry grated
  • 3/4 cup Red Pumpkin peeled and cut into medium cubes
  • 1-2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds methi seeds - teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds - 1 teaspoon urad dal - 1 teaspoon chana dal - 1 teaspoon byadagi red chillies - 7 to 8 1 string of curry leav, or masala, or coconut, or oil, or fenugreek for udupi sambar masala coconut oil fenugreek
  • 1 tsp Green Chillies or seasoning, or coconut, or oil, or urad, or asafoetida for seasoning coconut oil urad dal byadagi red chillies asafoetida


  • 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._x000D_ _x000D_ Boil the red pumpkin pieces with enough water till soft. Keep aside_x000D_
  • 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_x000D_ Grind all the roasted ingredients with little water to make a smooth paste.
  • 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._x000D_ Take a heavy bottomed pan. Add tamarind juice, salt and grated jaggery and cook till the raw smell of the tamarind disappears._x000D_ _x000D_ Add ground masala, mashed dal, boiled red pumpkin pieces and mix well. Add little water to bring to a medium consistency_x000D_
  • Simmer the sambar for 5 to 6 minutes on a medium flame. Remove from flame._x000D_ 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._x000D_ _x000D_ Serve udupi sambar hot with rice, idlis or dosas.
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I have thru’ my eKitchen attempted to present variety of vegetarian recipes of Karnataka and I will keep building the same for your benefit. I will also be adding more North Indian recipes. Being a pure vegetarian, I have included only vegetarian recipes.

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