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ash gourd sambar recipe
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ash gourd sambar recipe | kumblakai koddel or sambar recipe

easy ash gourd sambar recipe | kumblakai koddel or sambar recipe
Course sambar
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 Servings


  • ½ kg ash gourd / winter melon / budhu kumbalakai / pumpkin
  • 1 cup tamarind extract
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder / haldi
  • 1 tsp jaggery / gud / bella
  • salt to taste
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 cup toor dal cooked
  • 3 tsp sambar powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped

for tempering:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds / rai
  • pinch of hing / asafoetida
  • few curry leaves


  • firstly, peel the skin of kumblakai and cut them into pieces. the skin can be used to prepare kumblakai sippe chutney.
  • now boil them with a cup of tamarind extract.
  • also add in ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp jaggery, salt to taste and few curry leaves.
  • cover and boil for 10 minutes or till ash gourd cooks well.
  • now add in 1 cup cooked toor dal.
  • adjust consistency and boil for 2 minutes.
  • now add 3 tsp sambar powder. mix and simmer for a minute. do not over boil it.
  • meanwhile prepare the tempering by heating oil.
  • further add 1 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of hing and few curry leaves.
  • allow the tempering to splutter and pour over sambar.
  • also add in coriander leaves and mix well.
  • finally, serve ash gourd sambar along with hot steamed rice.