A popular south indian lentil stew made out of simple veggies along with mealange of Indian spices.Though its a south indian dish but there are found different variation of sambar in many places of south india.

It is one of the staple food of south india usually served with steamed rice as one of their main course.Sambar also popular to savour with idli,vada,dosa..etc for many popular breakfast or snacks in south india. Its a healthy and quick recipe popular now among worldwide.

Vegetables we need for samber are always easily available in market.

Wash thoroughly and cut them into different shapes as above in the picture.

Clean and rinse toor dal for 3 to 4 times using water.Soak them in water for half an hour.You can steam dal with out soak in water.It will take less time to cook the dal if you soak them in water.

Mean while soak tamarind in 1 cup of warm water for 15 to 20 minutes.But i soak mine for half an hour with out warm water.If you are hurry to cook,you can use warm water.

Now use your finger,put all afforts to mash its pulp as much as possible.Now strain it or squeez in your hand  and collect the extract.

Instead of discard you can use the strained remained pulp of tamarind in kitchen work.Especially for cleaning utensils like copper.

Cook dal for 2 whistles over high flame and cool under water with out waiting to cool it self.Dont over-cook the dal.

Pour all the veggies along with chopped tomatoes into the pressure cooker and give one whistle over high flame.Cool it under water.Dont wait  the pressure to cool in room temperature.

I have used tomatoes while boiling veggies,you can use chopped tomatoes in the time of tampering instead.

In a pan shallow fry okra pieces and Pour the boiled lentil broth into the pan.

Add  tamarind extract and 1 small tsp of  of jaggery,which i always loved to add.I love my sambar slight sweet and tangy flavor.

Add 1 cup of water into the pan to manage the consistancy.Add 1 tsp of sambar powder and salt into the pan.Cook one medium flame.

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In a small pan heat oil,splutter mustard seeds.Add shallots,dried red chilies,hing,curry leaves  and sambar powder.Saute it and spread over the cooked veggies.Cover the pan to lock the aroma.


yield : servings 6

prep time : 30 mins

total time : 45 mins

things we need to prepare

  • 1 cup toor / arhar dal
  • Mixed vegetables (drumsticks,okras,brinjals,ivy gourds/kundru)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small lemon sized tamarind ball
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • 1 tsp smabar powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • water
  • salt 
  • oil

For tampering

  • oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 6 to 7 shallots / 2 finely chopped onions
  • 1 tsp sambar powder


Wash thoroughly all the vegetables and cut them into their desire shapes.

Take one cup of water and soak the tamarind in it for 15 to 20 minutes.When soaked ,use your fingers to mash the pulp as much as possible.Now you can either strain or squeeze the extraction using your hand.

Instead of normal water you can use warm water for faster result.

Wash thoroughly toor dal and soak in 1.5 cups of water for half an hour.

Now boil them in a pressure cooker over medium flame for 2 whistles.Remove the lid with out waiting to cool it in room temperature.Pour all the veggies except okra pieces.

Add chopped tomatoes  and salt.Again cook over medium flame for 1 whistle.Cool the pressure under water with out cooling it self.

Mean while in a pan heat 1 tsp oil and shallow fry okra pieces to maintain the crunchy ness.Now pour the boiled lantil broth into the pan.

Pour tamarind extract,jaggery and 1 tsp sambar powder.Cook on medium flame for 10 minutes.You can add one or more water to maintain the consistancy

In a small pan heat oil.Add mustard seeds when then start to splutter add curry leaves,shallots,hing,sambhar powder,dried red chilies and saute it.Spread it over cooked lentil vegetables and cover to lock the aroma.Serve hot with your desired food.

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