How to Make Sambar Recipe

    A staple of South Indian cuisine, Sambar is healthy lentil based vegetable stew that tastes best when served with idli, dosa or even plain and simple steamed rice. A gravy using tomato puree is prepared to which plethora of spices, tamarind paste and vegetables are added to enhance the taste and flavour of this supremely tasty dish. Even though it is an integral part of the south Indian cuisine, it is loved across the length and breath of the country. Try this easy and simple recipe of Sambar to break free from the monotony of your daily meals.


    Delhi, India
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    • 1/3 cup Toor dal
    • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 cup chopped vegetables (pumpkin, bottle gourd, eggplant, lady finger, onions and tomatoes)
    • 3-4 shallots
    • ½ tsp mustard seeds
    • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
    • ½ tsp red chilli powder
    • 5-6 curry leaves
    • 1-2 dry red chillies
    • 1 tsp garam masala
    • A pinch of asafoetida
    • 1 tsp sambar powder
    • 1 tsp oil
    • 1 tbsp Dabur Hommade Tamarind Paste
    • 1 tbsp Dabur Hommade Tomato Puree
    • Salt to taste
    • 1 tsp freshly chopped coriander (for garnishing)


    1. Wash the lentils and cook it in a pressure cooker till about 4 whistles with salt and turmeric added to it as per requirement
    2. Meanwhile, while the lentil cooks, roughly chop and dice all the vegetables and boil them till they are soft and tender
    3. Once the lentil is cooked, take the pressure cooker off the heat and stir to check for the consistency of the lentil
    4. Keep it aside
    5. Preparing the tempering for Sambar:
    6. Take a pan and add oil to it
    7. Once the oil is hot add asafoetida and wait for 30 secs
    8. Now add mustard seeds and wait till they start to flutter
    9. Add ginger garlic paste, red chilies, shallots, curry leaves, salt, garam masala and Sambar powder
    10. Mix everything well and if the tempering feels too dry you can add a teaspoon of water to it
    11. Cook for a minute or two before taking it off the heat and keeping it aside
    12. Preparing Sambar:
    13. Put the cooked lentil back on the heat and add the boiled vegetables to it
    14. Let the mix simmer for 5 minutes
    15. Now add tomato puree and tamarind paste and leave it to simmer for 2-3 minutes more
    16. You can add water to the mix if you feel it is getting too thick
    17. Stir every once in a while to avoid the vegetables from sticking to the bottom of the pan
    18. At this stage, you can add the pre-prepared tempering to the lentil mix and leave it to cook for another 5 minutes
    19. Check for flavours and if required add a spoon more of Sambar powder
    20. Once done, take the pan off the heat


    --> Even though Sambar tastes best with other south Indian accompaniments like idli and dosa, it can be eaten with roti and steamed rice as well --> For added taste, you can also add a teaspoon full of ghee to it before serving

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