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Tasty South Indian Sambar



  • Dal – I cup
  • Turmeric – ½ tbsp.
  • Chilli powder – ½ tbsp.
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 4 (sliced long)
  • Onions – 2 big (sliced long)
  • Vegetables –pieces (cut)
  • Hing depends on taste
  • Garlic crushed – 2
  • Chana dal – 5 seeds
  • Urad dal – 6 seeds
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tbsp.
  • Few curry leaves
  • Coriander
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Tamarind if necessary

How to prepare Sambar:

  1. Pressure cook 1cup of Toordal or red gram in 2 cups of water, mash the dal or grind well.
  2. Blend raw tomatoes in a mixer.
  3. Boil vegetables in water and drain water out.
  4. Heat oil, fry boiled vegetables, onions and chillies for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour ground dal, tomato puree and water.
  6. Add chilli powder, salt and sambar powder to boiling container.
  7. Continue boiling until bubbles appear on the top and become concentrated.
  8. Switch off the flame, add coriander and tadka to it.


Fry chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, crushed garlic (Hinge if you prefer).

List of vegetables using in sambar :

Drum sticks, bottle guard, ladyfingers, raddish, brinjal,carrot and sweet potato(instead of jaggery).


Tamarind /lime juice/grated mango/tomato puree can be used.
Sweet potato can be used instead of jaggery.

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