Masbele Sambar/Ridge gourd stew

Ridge gourd3


This sambar is very easy to make, and uses only a few simple ingredients. Ridge gourd, onions, garlic, cumin and tomatoes. This is light and comforting dish. I love to use tomatoes to help neutralize the taste and the tomatoes add the right amount of acidity to balance the taste.

Yields-4-6 servings
Preparation time-20 minutes
Cooking time-20 minutes


  • Ridge gourd-2 cups (diced into chunks)
  • Toor dal-1/2 cup (rinsed and washed thoroughly)
  • Diced onions-1 medium
  • Diced tomatoes-2 medium
  • Garlic cloves-3
  • Green chilies-3-4

For tempering:

  • Oil-2tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Asafoetida- a generous pinch
  • Red chillies-2 (slit)
  • Curry leaves-8-10
  • Chopped coriander – for garnishing


  • In a pressure cooker combine Toor dal, ridge gourd, onion, tomatoes, chillies, garlic -add 3-4 cups of water and cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid and then let it cool a bit.
  • Now combine the cooked dal, veggies in the blender/food processor and blend it to smooth.
  • Transfer to the saucepan add water if you feel it’s thick adjust the consistency and bring it to boil on a medium high flame.
  • Once it comes to boil- simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the seasoning:

  • Heat oil in a small pan- add mustard seeds, cumin seeds as it crackles- add asafoetida, red chillies, curry leaves and pour the tempering over sambar; Mix well. Garnish with coriander.

Serve hot with steamed rice.


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Indian, Side dish. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Reading the number of whistles, I see you have it down to an exact science, I love that passion 🙂


  2. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  3. such a beautiful and inviting blog!


  4. Never added garlic in sambar,this z new yo me . looks like a grt rice accompaniment and side dish


  5. I have never had ridge gourd in a sambar. Time to try something new. 🙂


  6. Never blended after cooking…this can be easily had as soup Chitra!! very nice recipe 🙂


  7. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  8. Your photos have been so beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

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