Sambar / Sambhar is a staple part of the most South Indian meals. Every family has their own personal recipe to making this dal. It is served with Idli, Dosa, Pongal or even with rice. Sambar with rice is one of the main course in everyday South Indian meals. Sambar can be made with any vegetables. I love my Sambar with lots of vegetables. Choose vegetables according to your liking.





Boiled and Crushed Toor dal – 2 cup

Chopped (into small pieces) Mix vegetables – 2 cups (I used Carrots, bell pepper/capsicum, Dudhi/bottle gourd, Potatoes, Tomato and onion)

Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 1/2 tsp

Urad dal and fenugreek seeds powder – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 7 to 8

Salt to taste

Sambar powder – 2 tbsp

Chili powder – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Tamarind juice – 3 tbsp

Cilantro / coriander – 2 tbsp

Water – 3 cups or as needed



1. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter and add Urad dal and fenugreek seeds powder. Add curry leaves. Saute it for few seconds.


2. Add Chopped mixed vegetables. Saute them for 3 to 4 minutes. Add Salt, Sambar powder, chili powder and turmeric. Mix them very well.


3. Add boiled and crushed dal with water. Mix well.

4. Add tamarind juice and let the dal boil for 10 – 15 minutes over medium heat. Adjust the consistency according to your preference. If you like thin Sambar, add more water. Add chopped cilantro.


5. Sambar / Sambhar is ready. Serve it hot with Idli, Dosa, Uttapam or With Rice.

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  1. rajni
    rajni 8 May, 2015, 23:17

    So yammy my fovt samber .but me confusie what is tamarind juice i dont know plz tell me

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  2. Shubi
    Shubi 24 September, 2015, 10:25

    I am wondering which sambhar powder do you use. It looks yummy but lot of flavor depends on sambhar masala. Unless you use your own and if so please share sambhar masala recipe.

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  3. Banu Ameen
    Banu Ameen 25 February, 2016, 20:44

    Very tasty food

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