Sambar Recipe, How To Make Sambar, South Indian Sambar

Sambar Recipe, How To Make Sambar, South Indian Sambar





15 min


30 min


Pigeon Peas (Tur Dal) 150 gm
Brinjal (Baingan) 2
Pumpkin (Kadu) 1/2 Cup
Drumstick 3-4
Tomatoes (tamatar) 2
Onion 1
Turmeric Powder 1/4 teaspoon
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Sambar Masala 3 Tablespoon
Salt As Per Taste
Water 4.5 Glass
Potato 1 Small
Mustard Seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Fenugreek Seeds Pinch of
Curry Leaves 2 Springs
Oil As Per Requirement
Sambar Recipe


Whenever I used to go to restaurants the first thing mostly i used to order since childhood was “Masala Dosa” and sambar which is served with dosas is my all time favourite.
Sambar is South Indian cuisine. It is served with varieties of other South Indian dishes like dosas, idlies, medu vadas, etc. Sambar goes well with rice also.
Sambar is made with tur dal / arhar dal. First sambar masala is made and then sambar is cooked with tur dal and mixed vegetables.
Sambar masala is made by roasting whole spices like coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, bengal gram, black gram, dry red chillies, curry leaves, cassia or cinnamon and asofodita. Spices and dal is roasted and then grinded into powder.
Vegetables used in sambar are Brinjal, Pumpkin, Bottle Gourd, Drumstick, Ladies Finger, Potatoes, Onion and Tomatoes.
So if you are also sambar fan like me or who have someone dearest who loves sambar here goes the recipe below:

How To Make Sambar:

  • Wash and boil 150-200 gms pigeon peas (tur dal / Arhar dal) for 2-3 whistle along with vegetables (Brinjal, pumpkin, drumstick, tomato) With 4.5 glass of water. Don’t boil all vegetables keep little vegetables for frying.
  • Now heat oil in a pan.
  • Put 1 chopped onion and fry till light brown.
  • Now add mixed vegetables which were kept for frying.
  • Fry the vegetables and remove both onion and vegetables in a plate.
  • Now it’s time for tadka. Put 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds in same oil else if required add more oil.
  • Now add pinch of fenugreek seeds.
  • Once mustard seeds start spluttering or cracking add curry leaves.
  • Put asofodita (hing) and stir.
  • Put 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder.
  • Now add boiled dal and mixed vegetables to the tadka for sambar and mix.
  • It’s time to add our sambar masala. Put 3 tablespoon sambar masala to the dal and stir again.
  • Sambar Masala is readily available in the market or chetout our sambar masala recipe.
  • You can also add little tamarind pulp to the sambar but as I m already using tomatoes so I m avoiding it.
  • Let sambar boil for more 5 minutes.
  • Sambar is ready to be served. Switch off the flame and sambar can be served with Idlies, Dosas, Medu Vada or Rice.


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