sambar recipe

Sambar recipe | How to make sambar at home

Sambar is a south indian lentil based stew recipe. It is famous through out the southern part of India. Sambar is made with a lot of vegetables along with tasty spices. In this recipe you will find the authentic recipe to make sambar at home.

You will need around a total of 40 minutes to cook sambar. Firstly yo will need 10 minutes for preparation of the vegetables and all other things. And then you will need 30 more minutes to cook it. It is very nutritious and you will love it for sure.

Ingredients :-

For Cooking the vegetables :-

  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 2 tablespoons sambar powder homemade or store bought, adjust to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoons powdered jaggery
  • 7-8 drumsticks I used frozen ones that I got from Indian store
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 3 cups water 24 oz
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped eggplant

To Pressure Cook the Dal

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup toor dal/arhar dal pigeon peas lentil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Tamarind Juice

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind piece
  • 1/3 cup hot water


  • 1/4 teaspoon hing.
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or use oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds black
  • chopped cilantro to garnish

Sambar Recipe :-

  • In pressure cooker, add the rinse dal with half teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 cups of water.
  • Then cook it for 5 whistles on medium to high flame and then lower the heat to medium-low, then let it cook for another 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Once the pressure releases naturally, open the cooker and mash the cooked dal lightly with a potato masher. Set aside.
  • On the other hand, soak 1 tablespoon tamarind piece in one-third cup of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then strain the liquid content using a strainer. After straining you will get tamarind contents. Set it aside.sambar recipe
  • In a pan take 2 teaspoons oil and heat it on medium heat. When you will find that oil is hot, add the chopped eggplant and cook for around 2 minutes.
  • Then add carrots and drumsticks with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the chopped tomato and cook for 1 minute.
  • After this add around 3 cups water and stir.
  • Also add jaggery powder, and 4 tablespoons of the tamarind water that you had extracted earlier. Add 2 tablespoons sambar powder.
  • Then stir in the cooked dal.
  • Stir everything together and let the sambar simmer on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes.sambar recipe
  • To include tadka, heat 1 tablespoon ghee or oil, in a small pan on medium heat. 
  • When you find that ghee or oil is hot, add mustard seeds and let them pop. And then add the hing and curry leaves for stir for few seconds until leaves turn crisp.
  • Then add tadka over the simmering sambar.
  • Serve the sambar hot.sambar recipe

It is best served with dosa, idli or rice. So that’s it. Now make it and enjoy with your family and enjoy the taste of the southern India.


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