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Aayushi Manish
15 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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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 betterbutter.in, 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 betterbutter.in, 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.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 2 Cups Toor dal
  2. 4 cup water- to cook dal + 2 cup extra to add later
  3. 3 Dry Red Chillies or (to taste)
  4. 2 tbsp Sambar powder
  5. 1 tbsp tamarind soaked in 1/2 cup water
  6. small onion 5-6
  7. tomatoes 2-3 Chopped
  8. 2 cups Mix vegetables (lady finger/bottle gourd /carrot )or any veg one like
  9. 10-12 curry leaves
  10. Mustard seeds 1 tsp


  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.

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Nisha Jha
Nisha Jha   Oct-20-2017

Its good...

Juhi Khan
Juhi Khan   Aug-27-2017

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