Sambar | How to make Sambar

By Aayushi Manish  |  10th May 2016  |  
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About Sambar Recipe

It is a lentil-based vegetable stew made with tamarind popular in South Indian. It is served with steamed rice, idli & dosa. A necessity for the completion of a South Indian’s day is a well-prepared Sambar recipe. At, you will learn how to make Sambar exquisitely. The dish is almost as important in South India, as dal is in North India. Sambar is something that is more than a craving in South India – it’s a quintessential over there. This is because Sambar powder ingredients, toor dal and other vegetables make it a perfect antidote for the infamous scorching sun of the South. And apart from the fact that it is needed for a healthy metabolism down in the South, Sambar has some fame up North as well. Two of the most famous South Indian dishes – Idli and Dosa, are incomplete without a cup of Sambar on the plate. It is an inevitable supplementary side dish for these two major delicacies, for which there is a fair craze in the North Indian hotels, restaurants, and dhabas as well. Now talking about the taste, Sambar has got a more than fair claim in that aspect as well. It tastes mildly like a citrus fruit, but that tangy flavour is what the world is crazy for. Looking at the ingredients, it is fairly clear that there are more ways than one to make a tasty Sambar dish at home. So have a thorough go at steps by steps of simple and easy recipe given here at, and see if you can add your own experiments to make your Sambar different. You can try out Brinjal sambhar, arachu vitta sambhar, buttermilk sambhar and other variations.


Ingredients to make Sambar

  • 2 Cups Toor dal
  • 4 cup water- to cook dal + 2 cup extra to add later
  • 3 Dry Red Chillies or (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp Sambar powder
  • 1 tbsp tamarind soaked in 1/2 cup water
  • small onion 5-6
  • tomatoes 2-3 Chopped
  • 2 cups Mix vegetables (lady finger/bottle gourd /carrot )or any veg one like
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • mustard seeds 1 tsp

How to make Sambar

  1. Pressure Cook Toor dal with salt and water and keep aside, once pressure cools down.Heat a deep pan adding oil then add sliced Onion once it turned pink in color add tomatoes & sambar masala & mixed vegetables cook properly .
  2. Once pressure cools down add cooked dal & tamarind in a pan which vegetables are cooked mixed properly & 2 more cups of water & boil so veggies become more tender.check seasoning & turn off heat .
  3. Prepare Tempering heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds once it crackled add Dry chillies & curry leaves .Pour tempering on prepared sambar.

Reviews for Sambar (5)

Nisha Jha2 years ago

Its good...
Aayushi Manish
2 years ago

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Evelyn Shilpa3 years ago

Your recipes are nice, aayushi. Simple and easy to make
Aayushi Manish
2 years ago
Thanks dear