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How to make Sambhar - Southern Vegetable Stew - Easy to follow Sambar recipe

Updated on March 25, 2013
Sambar, South Indian Vegetable Stew
Sambar, South Indian Vegetable Stew

Sambar or Sambhar is a traditional delight cooked withe vegetables and Lentils in Southern part of India.

It is eaten generally with rice and gives a aromatic essence along with being tasty to eat.

Sambar has now become a essential part of south India, you will be able to finc it in each nook and corner of South India or whichever South Indian Resturant you step into.

It is served with variety of food, as side, like Dosa, Idly, Vada, Rice etc.

My Love for Sambar grew since my childhood days and I love preparing as well as eat it with delight.

Please enjoy the essence of south India with this Recipe. Enjoy !

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves Four People

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas), Boiled (Pressure Cooker boils it in 10 minutes)
  • 2 Small Eggplants, medium chopped
  • Some Wet Tamarind
  • Four Green Chilli, Sliced
  • One Large Tomato, medium chopped
  • One Capsicum, medium chopped
  • One Carrot, medium chopped
  • Some Mustard Seeds
  • 5-6 Fenugreek Seeds
  • Two spoon Wheat Flour
  • Two Spoon Salt
  • Two Spoon Sambar Powder, Everest or MTR brand will do
  • Half Spoon Red Chilli Powder, Optional, only if you like to spice it up
  • A Bunch of Curry Leaves, Optional, Add it if you have it
  • Pinch of Asafoetida powder, aka Hing
  • 4 spoons of Oil, Vegetable or canola oil

Steps to prepare delicious Sambar

  1. You can also follow the steps with the caption images given below for ease of making. Place pressure cooker on stove and pour Oil, let it heat
  2. Put mustard seeds and as they crackle add in the Fenugreek seeds
  3. Put in Green chilli slices and let it fry a bit and then add in other chopped vegetables
  4. Once they are well fried, put in two spoons of sambar powder and half spoon chilli powder, mix well
  5. Then make tamaring juice by mxing the tamaring in a bowl of water, pour in the tamaring juice and mix well
  6. Once you see the bubbles, add in the bowl of boiled pigeon peas (toor dal)
  7. Mix it well and add in two bowls of water, sprinkle some hing (asafoetida)
  8. Take two spoons of wheat flour, add water and make a nice mixture and add it in
  9. Add salt to taste, mix well and close the pressure cooker
  10. After three whistles (takes 10 minutes), your delicious Sambar, Vegetable stew is all ready ! Enjoy it !
Take Vegtables: carrot, capsicum, tomato and eggplant
Take Vegtables: carrot, capsicum, tomato and eggplant
Tamarind
Tamarind
Soak Tamarind in water
Soak Tamarind in water
Chop all the vegetables along with few sliced green chillis
Chop all the vegetables along with few sliced green chillis
Boiled Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas)
Boiled Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Peas)
Sambar Powder, you can use MTR or Everest ones
Sambar Powder, you can use MTR or Everest ones
Squeeze tamarind slowly in water
Squeeze tamarind slowly in water
And make a nice tamarind water solution
And make a nice tamarind water solution
Pour Oil in pressure cooker
Pour Oil in pressure cooker
Put mustard seeds as the Oil heats up
Put mustard seeds as the Oil heats up
Take some Fenugreek seeds, 7-8 seeds will do
Take some Fenugreek seeds, 7-8 seeds will do
Add fenugreek seeds and sliced green chilli as the Mustard seeds crackle
Add fenugreek seeds and sliced green chilli as the Mustard seeds crackle
Add in the vegetables and let them fry well
Add in the vegetables and let them fry well
Add two spoons of Sambar powder
Add two spoons of Sambar powder
Add one spoon of Red chilli powder if want to spice it up
Add one spoon of Red chilli powder if want to spice it up
Mix well
Mix well
Add in the Tamarind water
Add in the Tamarind water
Let it bubble out a bit as it boils
Let it bubble out a bit as it boils
Add in the boiled Toor Dal
Add in the boiled Toor Dal
Mix well
Mix well
Add two bowls of water
Add two bowls of water
Sprinkle some Hing, Asafoetida
Sprinkle some Hing, Asafoetida
Add in salt, one to two spoon as per taste
Add in salt, one to two spoon as per taste
Take two spoons of wheat flour in a bowl
Take two spoons of wheat flour in a bowl
Add some water
Add some water
Form a smooth solution
Form a smooth solution
Add it to the Sambar and mix well
Add it to the Sambar and mix well
Close the lid and wait for three whistles to come
Close the lid and wait for three whistles to come
Once done, Your delicious Sambar is all ready to eat.
Once done, Your delicious Sambar is all ready to eat.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      @Susan, thanks for liking the recipe !! Sambhar is my favorite too !! Hope you enjoy the treat !

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Sambhar is one of my favorite dish. Your clear instruction and the photos of the recipe is simply awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thanks for the read !! Glad that you liked it !!

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I have never hear of this before. Thanks for the share. I'll give it try sometime soon.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thanks for Stopping by Bill !! Your appreciation and words says it all :), You are the one and only mentor to follow in hubpages for all young and budding hubbers I believe !!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the education and instructions. I've never heard of this but it looks delicious.