Cook's Hideout: Pumpkin & Whole Masoor dal Sprouts Stew

July 20, 2009

Pumpkin & Whole Masoor dal Sprouts Stew

I’ve never tried sprouting whole masoor dal and when I saw Indira’s(@ Mahanandi) post, I wanted to give it a try. After about 2 days of soaking/draining/rinsing & sprinkling, I had beautiful sprouts.
The recipe for this sweet & tangy sambar type stew is from my dear friend V. Her original recipe used brown chickpeas and was little liquidy, I made it more like a stew. Simple with very few ingredients, but very very tasty. It gets better as it sits.

Whole Masoor dal sprouts – 2 cups
Pumpkin – 3 cups, chopped
Tamarind Paste – 2tbsp
Jaggery (or light brown sugar) – 2tsp (or per taste)
Sambar powder (home-made or store-bought) – 2tsp (or to taste)
Salt – to taste

For tadka:
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Curry leaves – 6-12
Hing – pinch

  • Add 4 cups of water to sprouts; bring them to a boil, then reduce the flame and simmer until they are 3/4th cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, microwave pumpkin pieces with a pinch of turmeric and salt until tender (but not falling apart), about 6-8 minutes.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pan, add the tadka ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter add the pumpkin & sprouts. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Then add tamarind, jaggery, sambar powder, salt and 1cup water (or more if you want a more sambar like consistency). Cover and simmer till it reaches desired consistency.
Enjoy with steamed rice (or with rotis).

This lentil stew is off to MLLA-13 (My Legume Love Affair event) being guest hosted this month by lovely Sunshinemom (@ Tum Yum treats). MLLA is the brainchild of Susan @ Well Seasoned Cook.



  1. Wow this looks so good! Healthy delicious stew!

  2. Hey!! This looks yummy!
    I have never tried pumpkin with Massor! Its a healthy combo.

  3. what a healthy dish..looks yummy n nic pic..

  4. Hi! I have used sprouted masoor in my cooking but never like this. Thanks for sharing dear.

  5. wow... looks soo delicious... gr8 click!

  6. ummmm yummy beautiful click and healthy recipe yum yum.

  7. Healthy stew. Looks great. Lovely click.

  8. Too much I say... You have tempted my tasted buds and eyes too much. ;) simply superb pics and dish.

    BTW what camera do you use???

  9. healthy and yet so beautiful! pumpkin and masoor dal is a combo i have never tried.

  10. You are so creative Pavani! indeed a delicious combination!

  11. Sprouted dal and Punpkim combo looks delish!

  12. Gr8 combo.It looks so delicious.

  13. This is a new combination for me. I haven't had sprouted masoor either. Thanks for sending this to be showcased at MLLA 13, Pavani!


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