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Apr 7, 2009

Honeydew Melon Sambhar

This is the yummiest sambhar I ever made. This is a little sweet and sour in taste. I usually prepare such sambhars with ripe mangoes, sweet potatoes, apples etc. I thought why not try to make this with honeydew melon and I tried it. Everyone liked the taste so much and enjoyed it heartily.


  • 3 fistfuls of Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu)
  • 1 cup of honeydew melon peeled and cut into pieces (approx.)
  • 1 or 2 Tomatoes, chopped into pieces
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • A handful of Cilantro
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • A pinch of Turmeric
  • A pinch of Asafetida (Inguva, Hing)
  • 1 tsp Sambhar Powder
  • 1 tsp Tamarind Pulp (or as required)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (I didn’t add this as my kids wanted it non-spicy)
  • Salt


Pressure cook toor dal until it’s done. Keep aside.

In a bowl heat the oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add cumin seeds and fry for 2 seconds.

Then add curry leaves + tomatoes + melon pieces + turmeric + sambhar powder + asafetida to the bowl and stir well. Add the chili powder too if using. Add a small amount of water just to soak the melon pieces, cover and leave the bowl for some time on medium flame.

After some time check if the melon pieces are soft (don’t let it turn too soft and mushy). If they are soft, add the cooked dal along with tamarind pulp and sugar and stir well. Add some more water and let the sambhar cook for some time more until it comes to a boiling point. Add salt and cilantro and mix well.

You can feel the aroma while this yummy sambhar is cooking. It fills the whole house with hunger with its aroma!

Switch off the flame and enjoy hot sambhar with steaming rice and some ghee (optional). I bet you can’t stop yourself with one serving of this yummy sambhar!

This is my contribution to “WYF: Side Dish” event hosted by EasyCrafts.


chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Glad to comment first on your post..Love sambar a lot..Innovative idea of using a honeydew melon for sambar....

Raks said... [Reply]

Never thought of making honey dew in sambhar! Nice idea Uma!

EC said... [Reply]

Excellent idea..thanks for the yummy sambhar.

jayasree said... [Reply]

Nice idea to use melon in sambhar. The aroma of melon must have added to the flavor of sambhar.

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Brillant idea ofmaking sambhar with honeydew melon...thats a flavourful dish!

Saritha said... [Reply]

Innovative idea of adding fruits to the sambar.Looks yummy......

Lakshmi said... [Reply]

Woow! very innovative way of using fruits :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

good one uma...can imagine the sweetish taste..i would like it..

Unknown said... [Reply]

wow mouthwatering nice idea umai never use this mellon will try next time

Sanghi said... [Reply]

really yummy uma..!:)

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

Cant imagine the taste...delicious

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

This is something new to me. Looks yum.

Chitra said... [Reply]

Very new to me,feel like tasting it now:)

sharada said... [Reply]

different sambar recipe...must be sweet & tangy-suits my taste buds.
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Ramya Vijaykumar said... [Reply]

Honeydew in sambar??? mmm Sweet, tangy and hot wow all in one just the perfect one for lunch...

FH said... [Reply]

That's looks excellent, like "Hotel" sambhar!! Sweet and spicy, love it. I will try! :)

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Hmmmm.. Yummmy sambar! Looks delicious!

A_and_N said... [Reply]

Nice one Uma! Sometimes, tangy+sweet combo works really well. this seems to be one of those times :)

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Yummy idea Uma! I can imagnine the sweet and sour taste of this delicious sambar :)

Seena said... [Reply]

thats very interesting you made sambar with melon.. good one! :)

♥Rosie♥ said... [Reply]

sambhar looks and sounds scrummy Uma! I adore the sweet and sour element.

Cilantro said... [Reply]

Honeydew and sambar??? Interesting combination.

Cham said... [Reply]

Ha ha fruit sambar, I think only Uma can come up with such an Idea! Good one, I am wondering how the melon hold the shape well Dear! U re a pro!

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

this does look amazing, must be really yummy as well

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

Oh! Fruit Sambar! Uma, you twist many recipes! Wonderful!

Lavanya said... [Reply]

nice twist uma..sambar looks delicious!!

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

what? honeydew melon sambar? my goodness... i am speechless uma..

Pooja said... [Reply]

Honey dew melon?how will it taste like uma..what is it called in telugu..Sambar is looking delicious..

Deepa Hari said... [Reply]

Wow....U come with so many innovative recipes Uma...hats off to u...melons in sambar looks lovely.

Vani said... [Reply]

That's an unusual one! It must've been fab

Homecooked said... [Reply]

Nice idea to add a fruit to sambhar. Will try it soon :)

Dori said... [Reply]

What a tasty way to use honey dew!

Priya Sriram said... [Reply]

Thats a new variety of sambar Uma... looks yumm! :)

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I'm not sure how i'll like the sweetness factor in sambhar but that sure sounds interesting.

Meenal Mehta said... [Reply]

yummy looking Sambhar ..Uma :)interesting twist of using honey dew

Cynthia said... [Reply]

Uma, this looks very comforting.

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

nice way of using fruits in sambar.., will definitely try :)

Soma said... [Reply]

So creative. yeah why not honey dew? it does have a texture like bottle gourd...

Unknown said... [Reply]

brilliant...honeydew in sambhar..awesome uma

Pooja said... [Reply]

Never heard of it uma..My mom or grandma never used it..

Premyscakes said... [Reply]

Love the sambar though i have never tried this combo in sambar. looks very yummy.

Indhu said... [Reply]

totally new - honeydew in sambar... looking at the picture, I am sure it must have tasted yummm :)

sra said... [Reply]

As I'm fond of telling everybody who makes an unusual sambar, I made apple sambar once, on a challenge. It was okay, not v different.

Trupti said... [Reply]

Nice idea to use melon in sambhar. looks yummy

Vishali said... [Reply]

Thank you Uma for ur lovely comments....melon sambhar looks delish dear! Hope u see u again...:)

bee said... [Reply]

sambhar elicits no comments. :D

Archy said... [Reply]

wow, innovative sambhar Uma..

Unknown said... [Reply]

Have seen a lot of melons around. Nice recipe.

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

Lovely healthy and unique sambhar.....

Chutneytales said... [Reply]

Sambar with honey dew is very creative and it looks delicious

mitr_bayarea said... [Reply]


Hope all is well at your end. Honey dew melon sambar is so creative and must taste yummy.

vidhas said... [Reply]

Very innovative and healthy. looks Inviting Uma.

rahin said... [Reply]

Cool , never even thought of honey and sambar together ....inspired already

Varsha Vipins said... [Reply]

Thats great Uma...HD melon in sambar..i would never even imagine...lol..n looks great n yum dear..:)

Jamie said... [Reply]

Uma, I am a big Sambhar fan. What a unique twist on an old favorite!

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