Oct 3, 2011

Simple Sambar ( Lentil and Vegetable Gravy)

Sambar is one of the dish which you can find in every south Indian homes or marriage functions..It is a mixture of dal and vegetables which has a spicy and tangy flavour to it..And this is one of the dish which I grew up with...

In our house Amma makes this 4 times a week and it is really close to us...I am totally surprised that I don’t have this recipe in my blog...That is a kind of sad and pity..

My Blog has 300+ recipes and How come I didn’t post this till now...OH..I might have forgot that..OOPS Sorry..

So the time is arrived and here you have the recipe..I have a simple sambar dish which taste perfect with dosa,idli or pongal...

You can have this with rice too but I have another sambar recipe which goes perfect with rice..That one has tons of vegetables in it..I will post that in another day..

This recipe uses Sambar powder.. And for you Folks who cannot find that,I have a instant sambar powder recipe below..So I think that might help..

Here you go for the recipe..


Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu / Split Pigeon Peas -1 cup
Onion-1 large chopped
Tomato-2 chopped
Potato-3 Chopped
Sambar Powder-2 tblspn ( See below)
Tamarind -1 small lime size ( if using paste use 1 tblspn)
Green chilli-2
Salt to taste
Sugar-1 tsp
Cilantro / Coriander leaves for garnishing

For Tempering:

Oil-1 tblspn
Mustard seeds / Kaduku-1 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeerakam-1 tsp
Dry Red chilli-1
Hing / Asafoetida / Kaya podi- ¼ tsp
Curry leaves-1 spring

For Quick Sambar Powder:

For making instant sambar powder...Mix 1 tsp of chilli powder,1 tblspn coriander powder,1 tsp turmeric powder,1 tsp cumin powder together. Store this in air tight container..


Dissolve tamarind in ½ cup of water. Add in sambar powder and mix well.Set this aside for a moment..

Soak Toor dal for 30 mins and put that in pressure cooker...Add in onion,tomato,potatoes,green chillies to this..

Pour in 3 cups of water and cook it for 3 whistles. Simmer it for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let the pressure go all by itself.

Bring the dal to a boil again and pour in the tamarind water in this..Season with salt and sugar..Taste it and adjust to your taste..Simmer it for 10-15 mins..

Now make tempering by heating some oil and crackling mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, red chilli and curry leaves..

Pour this over the sambar and mix well..

Throw in a handful of cilantro and mix well..

Serve this with rice,dosa or idli...


Take all your ingrediants...Please add sugar in this list..
Dissolve some tamarind in water..I used tamarind paste...
Add in sambar powder...I used my instant sambar powder
Mix well...
Prepare all your vegetables
Take soaked toor dal in a pressure cooker
add in all vegetables
add in some water
Cook it till done..I mean the dal should be very soft and potatoes should be cooked
Pour this in a kadai and heat it up
add in the prepared spice mixture to this
season with some salt and sugar....
Simmer for a while
Make tempering with the ingrediants given in the list
pour that over the sambar
add in tons of cilantro...This give a nice aroma to the sambar...Don't do sambar without cilantro...
Serve...Does that look inviting
I need some idli's now...


  1. this is exactly how mom makes sambar for breakfast.....

  2. mmmmmmmmmm..davvero buonissima!baci!

  3. Love Sambar with medu vada..humm my fav. ..Great step by step pics!!!

  4. This looks great! Lentils are super healthy, too!

  5. Je suis certaine que tout est plein de saveurs... La maison doit embaumer... Hummmmmm!
    Gros bisous

  6. Simple and lovely sambhar....looks delicious.

  7. Yummy and comforting sambar..anytime fav

  8. Nice one .. congrats on the 1 lakh views Aarthi.

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  9. Como se suele decir, mas vale tarde que nunca.
    Las lentejas tienen una pinta deliciosa nunca las probé de esta forma. en España no es común este plato,


  10. This is great, I love it.
    The Sambar is good too.
    Thank You.

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    Author Kathy Stemke (my spouse)

  11. Awesome sambhar. !!! I tried it and it came out so well. You prepare your own masala's ,Thats the best thing abt ur cooking. Keep going.. I visit ur blog very often.

    Please visit my blog. I would be glad .

  12. I can't believe I've been cooking with your blog for so long without trying your basic sambar. I made it today and we had it with steamed rice. We liked it even better than the one we had in a restaurant last month - my husband said it was "more aromatic". Thanks for posting!

  13. Howccome there is no drumsticks n kaddu n carrots added to Sambhar.coz these r a must in Sambhar

  14. @AnonymousYou can make sambar with any veggies you have on hand, this is a simple way of making sambar..

  15. Sambar powder in Tamarind!! what an excellent way to combine flavors I am a struggling cook and I always feel with sambar I've lost the flavor some where. Trying this today. May god bless u and ur family Aarthi u have made my life so much better beyond words.

  16. Hi Arathi,
    I was browsing for some receipes and your site came up. Ever since I am a great fan of this site. It is very user friendly, simple... I love cooking. This site made me even better cook.
    Thanks for sharing and I know it is very time consuming for you. I appreciate you and may God bless you.
    Susan, Dallas

  17. tried it yesterday. one of the best sambar i had in my life. had smile on my face the whole day. gonna try more of your recipes.
    i request saravana bhavan payasam recipe.

  18. Hi, can I use tamarind chutney instead of paste?


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