Recipes - Sambar


1 cup split gram (tur dal)

50 gms. tamarind, soaked in hot water

2 cups chopped vegetables (carrots, beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, pearl onions,

drum sticks brinjal)

4 green chillies, sliced lengthwise

1 onion, sliced lengthwise

3 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

2 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp. sambar powder

1 tsp. mustard seeds

½ cup scraped coconut ( dry roast it and grind to a fine paste)

1 tsp cumin seeds

3-4 small red round chillies

2-3 sprigs curry leaves

1 bunch coriander leaves


For preparing Sambar powder:

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp Bengal gram

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp pepper corns

1 tsp cumin seeds

5-6 red chilies

Fry all these ingredients in 1 tsp. oil until golden brown and blend to fine powder when cool.  You can make this and store also



Wash the tur dhal and pressure cook with 3 cups of water till half done. To this, add green chillies, onions and chopped vegetables and cook till vegetables are tender.   Add salt, chilli powder, sambar powder and the coconut paste and cook for one minute. Now add tamarind water and water if required and let it boil on slow fire. Heat oil in a thick-bottomed pan, fry the mustard and cumin seeds, small red chillies curry leaves until they splutter.  Pour the boiled dhal and vegetable into the pan. Keep on slow fire of 2 minutes.  Also add chopped coriander leaves and cover with a lid. Serve hot with rice or idlis/ dosas. 

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