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Priya Mani
15 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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It is a completely traditional breakfast in Tamil Nadu. Best had with homemade Idli.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Tiffin Recipes
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Pressure Cook
  • Boiling
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • High Fibre

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. Cooked toor daal 2 cups
  2. Any vegetables of your choice like: (Cubed)
  3. Small shallots as per choice
  4. Drumsticks as per choice
  5. Pumpkin 1 cup
  6. Carrots 1 cup
  7. Tomatoes 7 to 8 (As per choice)
  8. Lemon size tamarind balls squeeze in water and keep aside .
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  11. Sambhar powder 2 tsp
  12. Kashmiri Chilli powder 3/4 tsp
  13. A pinch of Hing
  14. Oil to saute the vegetables
  15. Ghee 1 tbsp for tempering
  16. Mustard seed 1/2 tsp
  17. Methi seeds 1/2 tsp
  18. Curry leaves and Coriander leaves as per choice
  19. 1 dry red Chilli


  1. In a pan, add oil. Once heated, add onion, tomato followed by the vegetables and saute well.
  2. Once the vegetables are cooked half way, add tamarind water say about 1 cup. Add salt, sambhar powder, chilli powder, hing, turmeric powder and mix well. Let this boil for about 15 to 20 minutes, it need to reduce in size.
  3. Once the raw smell of the powder is gone, add boiled Tuvar dal and add required water. Check the salt and allow to boil for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add curry leaves, coriander leaves and mix well. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. In a separate pan add ghee, once melted add mustard seeds, methi seeds once, once they begin to crackle add dry red chilli, 1/2 tsp hing and fry them.
  6. Pour this tempering in the sambhar bowl. Serve piping hot.

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Akshat Sharma
Akshat Sharma   Mar-20-2018


Brenda Ferro
Brenda Ferro   Nov-20-2017

How many onions. Pls inform as not mentioned.

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