Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Budhu Kumbalakai Sambar

2 cup Budhu Kumbalakai (Winter Melon), chopped
3/4 cup fresh/frozen shredded Coconut
1tsp Coriander seed
1/2tsp Cumin seed
1tsp Turmeric powder
2 Red Chillies
4 Curry leaves
grape size Tamarind
grape sized Jaggary
pinch of Asafoetida powder
Salt to taste

2tsp Canola oil (or any cooking oil)
1/4tsp Mustard seeds
1 red chilly
3 to 4 Curry leaves

  • Cover kumbalakai in water, jaggary and turmeric. Cook until tender

  • Heat a pan with 1tsp oil in medium flame. To it add cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies. Fry until it gives out a nice aroma
  • Grind shredded coconuts, tamarind, curry leaves, fried seeds and chillies into a smooth paste with sufficient water {If coconut is frozen; use hot water}
  • To the cooked kumbalakai add salt and puree. Add water if required. Let it boil properly.
  • Heat a pan with oil; add mustard & red chilly. Once mustard starts to splutter add curry leaves and asafoetida powder
  • Add seasoning to the sambar
Nutrition Facts of Winter Melon -
  • Good source of fiber, vitamin C and iron
  • Contains vitamin E, calcium and protien


  1. Hi... I did this and it came out very nice.. thanks for this curry.. I always used to do majjige huli this time I am happy to do different item with budhu kumbalakayi.. thanks a lot..

  2. Hi Priya,

    I have been wanting to have this for a long time but never knew how. I tried it today using your recipe and it came out awesome. Thank you so much.

  3. Hi priya thanks for this recipe....tried it many times...came out really gud....

  4. thanks for the wonderful comments

  5. Hey Priya, thanks for the recipe... it was too good, i just tried today and turned out very well, actually i replaced some of the ingredients which i dint had in your list i tried dry coconut and Dania power instead the others in your list, it was awesome. the taste just makes me remind my granny! thanks again.....:)

  6. Happy that you liked it :) Thanks for the comments