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Serves 6

Ingredients for Sambar:

  • 3/4 cup Tuvar dhal
  • 3 cups Vegetables (like sambar onions, white pumpkin, chow-chow)
  • Tamarind - lemon size
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp Curry leaves
  • Rasam powder
  • 1-3/4 - 2 tsp Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2-4 Green chillies


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Red chilli
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Black gram dhal
  • 1/4 tsp Hing powder

Directions for making Sambar:

  1. Pressure cook dhal with one and a half cups of water for ten minutes. Then cold mash well.
  2. Soak tamarind in one cup of water, for five minutes, squeeze well and strain out juice.
  3. Cook vegetables in one and a half cups of water.
  4. When three quarter cooked add slit green chillies, salt and
  5. Add tamarind water and simmer till raw smell disappears.
  6. Add mashed dhal, rasam powder and curry leaves.
  7. Simmer till thick, add coriander leaves.
  8. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, black gram dhal and red chilli.
  9. When mustard seeds splutter, add hing powder and pour the seasoning over the sambar.
  10. Serve sambar hot with rice and chips.
  11. Enjoy your Sambar. Hope you love this Indian recipe.


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