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Sambar Recipe

Updated on June 4, 2013
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Sambar is one of the favourite curries of south Indian vegetarians, this South Indian cuisine consisting of dal and vegetables,it is a form of Lentil Soup prepared with mashed dal. Eaten with idili, dosas, vadai or rice. The consistency of a sambar depend on the amount of mashed dal you add to it. You can make a thick sambar with little water added to it. Like in most south Indian dishes crackled mustard and curry leaves are added as seasoning.

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  • 1 cup of dal(Pigeon Pea) (split gram, red or yellow)
  • Asafoetida (kaayam) 1/2 table spoon
  • 2-3 baby onions or shallots peeled and chopped.
  • 1 medium sized potato peeled and chopped.
  • 1 chopped drum sticks (muringakol).
  • 5-6 chopped okra (ladies finger).
  • 2 medium or 1 large chopped tomato.
  • 1 chopped Carrot.
  • 2 tb spoons of sambar powder.
  • Curry leaves.
  • 2 green or red chillies.
  • chopped coriander.
  • 1 tb spoon turmeric powder.
  • salt.
  • oil.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 5 people.


  1. Wash the dal thoroughly with water. Add 1-2 cups of water and cook the dal in pressure cooker till it gets soft and slightly mushy (10 mins).
  2. Add one table spoon turmeric powder and one table spoon of sambar powder.
  3. Once the dal is cooked, stir with a spoon till you get a paste and keep aside.
  4. Cook the chopped vegetables (okra,tomato,onion,potato,murigakol and carrot) separately in a cup of water.
  5. Heat the oil and fry the mustard seeds until it begins to crackle. Add the curry leaves to the oil and fry them for a mins.
  6. Now add the cooked vegetables to the dal mixture along with salt and Asafoetida and cook for 2 mins.
  7. Add the fried curry leaves and mustard to the sambar.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander.


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