Recipe for indian pumpkin curry (sambar) in our easy ethnic recipes collection. The indian curry served in most western countries is usually a rice dish covered with a thick, yellow sauce containing commercial curry powder. In authentic indian cooking, there is no specific dish called curry, but there are many dishes with sauces, each made with its own special spices and ingredients. The delicious sauce in pumpkin curry is made with coconut milk and lentils. If you can't get fresh pumpkin, try making this southern indian specialty with a winter squash such as acorn or hubbard.
(*) If you can't find canned coconut milk, combine 1/2 cup flaked coconut and 1/2 cup boiling water in a bowl. Cover and let soak for 5 minutes. Alternatively, if an electric blender is available, blend coconut and boiling water for 1 minute. Place mixture in a sieve over the back of a spoon to get all the liquid out. Set coconut milk aside and discard flaked coconut.
(**) In cooking with lentils or chickpeas, be sure to examine the pulses to remove small stones, twigs, and other inedible objects before cooking.
Preparation time: 25 to 30 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Serves 6 to 8