Sambhar – A South Indian Recipe

This Sāmbhar recipe is one of the most loved dishes in South Indian cuisine. It accompanies most every meal. Sāmbhar is made with yellow lentil called pigeon peas – Tuvar dal – tuvar dal and vegetables. You can use any vegetables of your choice such as onions, potatoes, tomatoes, brinjals, beans, cabbage, knolkol, raddish etc. you can use any one or a mix of these vegetables.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time :20 Minutes

Ingredients Quantity
Tuvar dal ( Red lentils) 1 cup
Vegetables 250 gram (mix all vegetable you like)
Turmeric Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Asafoetida (hing) a large pinch
Green chillies 3
Dry red chilli 4
Mustard seeds a large pinch
Cumin seeds 1/4  teaspoon
Imli (Tamarind paste) 100 gram
Fenugreek seeds (Methi Patta) 1/2 teaspoon
Sāmbhar powder 2 teaspoon
Curry Leaves 4-5
Tomato 2
Onion 1


1. Wash and dice all the vegetables.

2. Boil water and cook the dal with turmeric powder and salt.

3. Separate the cooked dal and keep them aside.

4.  Then  in another pressure cooker, take all chopped vegetables , add sambhar powder , salt , tomato ,onion and turmeric powder.

5. After the vegetables are cooked, add tamarind paste.

6. Now add the cooked tuvar  dal and simmer for a few more minutes .

7. Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard, then add methi , dry red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, hing , Cumin seeds and keep frying for a few minutes.

8. Season the sambhar with the above prepared tadka.

9. Sprinkle coriander on top,serve hot with rice, idly etc.

10. Enjoy!!

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