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May 30, 2015

Easy Tomato Sambar Recipe / Thakkali Sambar Recipe

Sambar is one of the staple in our house and in each and every south indian house..I have quite a lot of sambar recipes in my blog..I have created a separate folder for those sambar recipes..This is another addition to my sambar list and hope you will give this a try..

Similar Recipe,
Bachelor Sambar Powder
Simple Sambar
Radish Sambar
Ladysfinger Sambar
Onion Sambar
Potato Sambar
Vegetable Sambar
Pumpkin Sambar

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves : 3 to 4

Ingredients :

Pink Masoor Dal - 1/2 cup ( you can use toor dal too)
Tomatoes - 2 large chopped
Green Chillies - 1 or 2
Water - 2 cups + extra as needed
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 1 tsp 
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves a handful finely chopped

For Seasoning:

Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/4 tsp


Take washed dal, tomatoes, chillies in a pressure cooker and cover with water. Pressure cook this for 2 whistle, turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself.

Take chilli, coriander and turmeric powder in a bowl, add little water and mix well. Set aside.

Open the cooker, add in the spice paste, salt, extra water and tamarind pulp. Bring it to boil and simmer for 10 more mins.

Make seasoning by heating oil and crackling mustard, cumin, asafoetida. 

Now add in the seasoning to sambar and coriander leaves. Mix well.


Take washed masoor dal in the pressure cooker...
You can use toor dal too

add in tomatoes

and some green chillies which are optional

cover with water and pressure cooker

Take chilli, coriander and turmeric powder in a bowl

pour water to make a paste

now the dal is cooked

add in salt

some extra water

add in spice paste

add in little tamarind water

mix well and simmer for 10 more mins

now it is all done

heat some oil in a pan

add in mustard, cumin and asafoetida

let them crackle

pour it in

add in lots of coriander leaves

mix well



  1. Tasty sambar .Very good

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  3. Came out gr8.. Thanks.. Sherry..

  4. Hi,

    Im from Bangalore.

    While i knew how to make pappu, even though am from karnataka i had no clue how to make sambar.. always used to be very watery.

    I tried your recipe and the consistency was just right and super tasty. Thank you. Keep posting more recipes! :-)

  5. Hi,

    Im from Bangalore. Usually my sambar ends up being watery or some element or other always feels missing.

    With your recipe, the consistency came out just right and was also very tasty.

    Thank you for sharing :)


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