Apr 29, 2014

Potato Sambar Recipe / Urulai Kizhangu Sambar Recipe

Sambar is one of the most famous south indian dish of all time. It pairs beautifully well with almost everything from dosa, idly and even rice..You could make sambar with almost all vegetables, i have quite a few of them in my blog..You can check all of them here..

One of my all time favorite sambar is onion sambar and this potato sambar. I love the big chunks of cooked potatoes in this which pairs well fluffy idly, crispy dosas and almost all tiffin items like pongal. Give this and try and let me know how it turns out..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Masoor Dal or Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1 large pepper and cubed
Onion - 1 small chopped into large chunks
Tomato - 1 medium size cubed
Green Chilli - 2 slit
Homemade Sambar powder - 3 tblspn
Tamarind Pulp - 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves / Cilantro a handful chopped

For Seasoning:
Oil - 2 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya podi - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Heat a pot, add in dal, potato, tomato, onions, green chilli. Cover with water and bring it to boil. Simmer it for 20 to 30 mins till the dal and everything is cooked.

Now add in sambar powder, tamarind pulp, salt and sugar. Mix well and simmer for 5 mins.

Now make seasoning, heat oil and add in all the seasoning ingredients in it. Let it sizzle for 30 sec. Pour this over the sambar and mix well.

Now add in coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve with rice.

Take all the ingredients

Heat a pan

Add in masoor dal, potatoes, onions, green chillies, tomatoes

Add in water

Low and simmer

Cook till veggies and dal is cooked

Add in sambar powder

Add in tamarind pulp

Add in salt

some sugar

Simmer it

cook for a while

Heat oil in a tadka pan

Add in some seasoning ingredients

fry for a min

Pour it over the sambar

Add in coriander leaves

Mix well



  1. Looks yummy... The sambar color is beautiful...

  2. y u dint cook the dal in pressure cooker...!since this process take time and gas...just to know is there is any specific reason..? if there so pls explain..so tat it will help us.thanks.

  3. @sindhuNo there is no specific reason. You can make it in pressure cooker too.

  4. I love it that this sambar is so simple and quick to make. You just put all the stuffs in the pot and forget about it for thirty minutes, right? I was so happy with this that I almost forgot to make seasoning. Everyone was already seated for dinner, and everything was ready, and I then screamed "no, don't eat the sambar yet! There's no tadka!". Then I had to run and roast the spices and mix everything on the table, but it came out good :)

  5. Miss aarthi I always follow most of ur dishes n dey r so easy to make n pictures give an accurate idea how to prepare d dishes exactly...Thanks so much. .will u plz share how to make restaurant style spring onion at home without eggs...thanku

  6. Amazing receipe... :)

  7. Can i use moong dal for this sambar ? Its good for rice?

  8. @Anonymousyes this goes well with rice as well

  9. I tried this and it turned out to be really good. By the way this was my first time in kitchen:).

  10. Always like your posts and recipes. Nicely illustrated. Came to your site many a times for recipes and all came out well. Thought I should leave a comment atleast once. You are the best.



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