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About this recipe: Sambar is a lentil based stew that originated in South India. It is also widely made in Maharashtra, and often served with idlis or rice.

Prajakta_Karanjkar Maharashtra, India

Serves: 4 

  • 3 tablespoons soybean oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon of chopped boiled potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped lauki ( bottle gourd)
  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon haldi (turmeric) powder
  • 5-6 tamarind pieces soaked in water for 10-15 minutes
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 cups cooked tur dal
  • water as needed

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Heat a pan with soybean oil. Add cumin seeds, chopped onions, tomatoes, potatoes and lauki (bottle gourd). Stir and fry the ingredients for 5 minutes.
  2. Now add red chili, haldi and sambar masala powders, 2 tablespoons of tamarind extract, salt and sugar. Stir and mix well.
  3. Add tur dal to the mixture. Stir for 5 minutes.
  4. Add some water, depending upon how thick you want the sambar to be. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.

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