Sambar Recipe, How to make Sambar ?, South Indian Sambar

sambar recipe, South Indian Sambar

Today I am here Sambar Recipe.  Sambar is nothing but lentil stew prepared with toor dal and a vegetable of your choice. It is a staple in South Indian house hold. It can be served with rice, idli, dosa, pongal and vada. I posted the recipe of Sambar powder couple of days back, so thought of posting how to prepare sambar using sambar powder.

sambar, how to make south indian sambar

Vegetables used for Sambar

Use any one vegetable of your choice or combination of vegetables. Find below the vegetables that can be used for sambar and how to cook them before, adding to sambar. Certain vegetables don’t need prior cooking.

  • Drumstick: Cut drumstick into 2 1/2″ to 3 ” long and boil it till its cooked. Use the remaining water for sambar preparation.
  • Radish, Chayote (chow-chow), Turnip, Carrot : Cut them into cubes and pressure cook them along with toor dal and use it.
  • Ladies Finger, Capsicum, Brinjal : Chop them and then saute them along with onions and curry leaves till they are cooked and then proceed to make the sambar.
  • Red Pumpkin / White Pumpkin : Dice them into cubes. Steam cook them and use.

How to make Sambar?

Pressure cook toor dal with required water along with tomato and garlic. Mash them and keep it aside.  Soak tamarind in warm water and extract the tamarind juice discarding the pulp. Depending on the vegetable you are using chop and cook it. Chop onions. Heat oil add mustard seeds and when they sputter add chopped onions and curry leaves and fry. Then add the vegetable, turmeric powder, asafoetida, Sambar powder and add 1/4 cup of water and cook for couple of minutes. Next add mashed dal, extracted tamarind juice, required water and salt mix well and bring it to boil and then simmer for 7 – 8 minutes. Then turn off the heat, garnish with cilantro and serve it warm.

Step by step pictures of preparing Sambar


Sambar

Sambar is lentil stew prepared with toor dal and a vegetable of your choice. Learn how to make flavourful South Indian style sambar following this simple recipe.
Category : Main dish
Recipe Developed, Cooked and Clicked by :
Published : September 22, 2016
Prep time : 20 mins; Cook time : 15 mins; Total time : 35 mins
Yield : 4 – 5 servings


Ingredients :

  • Toor Dal : 1 Cup
  • Garlic : 4 – 5 Cloves
  • Tomatoes : 2 medium sized
  • Vegetable of your choice : 1 Cup
  • Tamarind : Small lime ball sized
  • Oil : 2 – 3 Teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Pearl onions : 7 – 8 nos.
  • Curry Leaves : 1 Sprig
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Sambar Powder : 2 Tablespoon
  • Salt : To taste
  • Cilantro : a handful
  • Salt : to taste
  • Cilantro : handful

Instructions :

  1. Pressure cook toor dal with required water, tomatoes and garlic. Mash them and keep it aside.
  2. Depending on the vegetable of your choice, chop and cook them and keep it ready. Certain vegetables need no prior cooking.
  3. Peel and chop onions and keep it aside.
  4. Soak tamarind in warm water. Extract the tamarind juice, discarding the pulp.
  5. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, when they sputter, add onions and curry leaves and fry till onions turn slightly golden.
  6. Then add the vegetable, turmeric powder, asafoetida, sambar powder and 1/4 cup water and cook for couple of minutes.
  7. Add the mashed toor dal, tamarind juice, required water and salt, mix well and bring it to boil and let it simmer for 7 – 8 minutes.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and serve it warm.

Notes :

  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder, as per your taste.
  • I have used homemade sambar powder, you can use store bought one.
  • Use any one vegetable of your choice or combination of vegetables. Depending one the vegetable you use, cook them and use. I have shared the details above.
  • I have used pearl onion here. But regular onions can be used too.
  • Adjust the quantity of water depending on the consistency of sambar required.

how to make south indian sambar

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8 Comments

  1. Murungakai Sambar is my all time fav, the best vegetable for a tasty and flavorful sambar 🙂 Very useful post for beginners and anyone can cook a yummy sambar with your detailed recipe Divya.

  2. Sambar with hot steaming rice topped with ghee and potato fry, watelse we need. Nothing can beat sambar, and its always my fav dish.

  3. awesome flavorful sambar 🙂 simple comfort food and you have made this with fresh sambar powder so it must be even more better.

  4. oh vasam inga thukkudhu divya 🙂 I love murunkkai sambhar a lot , semma inviting sambhar this is.. am drooling here ..

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