Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Zucchini Sambar

Zucchini is a very versatile vegetable. It can be used in many international dishes, but just like that can also be transformed into many Indian dishes. I make curries in the same way I make beerakaya (ridge gourd) and here used it in place of anapakaya (bottle gourd).

If you love this vegetable, you surely can see that there is no difference in taste and it goes well in the dishes we make.
The other day I made Zucchini pancakes and it was savored by the family and this time it was sambar and no one had any complaints.
There is no major difference between and green and yellow zucchini, but I like to use it in combination, to give it a colorful effect! :)

Here is the recipe for my plain old regular sambar.
The way I made Zucchini sambar is no different from the regular sambar, the method is the same. I wrote out the method just for easiness sake!
You can add zucchini with a combination of other veggies too. I just decided to go with only pearl onions and zucchini. :)


1 cup of cooked toor daal (use as required)

2 Zucchini (washed and sliced)
few pearl onions (optional)
1 small onion, chopped big
4-5 green chillies, slit
1 tomato, chopped
grated coconut, for garnish (optional)
chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste

little smaller than a golf ball size tamarind, pulp squeezed
2 tbsp sambar powder
1 tsp chilli powder (or less)
1/4 tsp turmeric
water as required

1/4 tsp urad daal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera, cumin
3 dry red chillies, broken
4 cloves of garlic, choppes or crushed
pinch of hing, inguva
few curry leaves, karevapaku
1 tbsp of oil


In a big pot, add some water and put in the zucchini, onions, green chillies and tomatoes.
Let them cook covered, until soft, but not mushy.
Add the squeezed tamarind pulp, after they are cooked along with sambar powder, chilli powder and turmeric. Add salt to taste.
Cook for 2 minutes. Add the cooked daal and water to make to the required consistency.
Prepare for tempering. Heat oil in a small pan.
Add garlic and urad daal. Let them brown.
Add mustard seeds and jeera, let them splutter. Add broken red chillies, curry leaves and hing.
Add this tempering to the sambar.
Optionally add coconut.
Add coriander leaves for garnish.
Serve hot with vadas, idlis, dosas or with rice.



  1. never heard of this... love to taste...

  2. bought zucchini yesterday....will try out this sambar....

  3. Yummy and delicious recipes.. looks very tempting !!

  4. Zucchini in sambar... Sounds yum...

  5. yummy looking combination looks wonderful

  6. Interesting recipe...Looks delicious.

  7. Looks inviting!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Nnever tried zuchini.ur pictures are making me to prepare it.lovely.

  9. looks very nice and inviting! never thought of this veggie in sambar!

  10. any sambhar is gud for me........zucchini one sounds and look yummy

  11. Fingerlicking and very comforting sambar, looks marvellous..

  12. Homey- hearty n delicious- cute pots :)

    US Masala

  13. Yummy sambar..It looks inviting...

  14. lovely sambhar, looks very yummy!, lovely click

  15. Never tried sambar with zucchini, will try soon..

  16. I've never added zucchini in sambar. Will try. Looks delicious.

  17. nice clicks smitha and the sambhar with zucchinis looks yummm

  18. sambh with zucchini..........sounds great.............

  19. Thats sounds great smitha..looks so yumm too!!

  20. Great looking sambhar and a beautiful bowl...I have never tried using zuchchni as a veggie in sambhar. Always have thought it will mash in the dish!

  21. Smitha, your sambar looks so soooo yummy! I’m gonna bookmark this for my next sambar adventure-a favorite with my younger one!!

  22. tht's interesting! can always try it out! thnks for sharing!

  23. Firt time to your blog..must say have a great space here with delicious recipes..glad to follow you.
    Sambhar looks so yummy and delicious..


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