Kerala Sambar | Kerala Sambar Easy


Kerala Sambar is a tasty and delicious variation of sambar prepared with mixed vegetables and spices. You can select your own choice of veggies. This is a traditional styled dish, very popular with the Malayalee community in Kerala Cuisine. I have tasted sambar in several places but this authentic dish my aunt makes is my favorite. It goes great with breakfast dishes like dosa, idli and even fits well with hot rice for noon day meals. A bowl of hot rice with crispy pappadoms and Kerala Sambar Easy tops my priority that is relishing and very comforting too. Right from childhood I am a great fan of this vegetarian dish. I was very particular with drumsticks and ladies finger in my childhood days and will never miss it in my dish. You can add your choice of vegetables. Here I have added quite a good range of mixed vegetables here like carrots, potatoes, raw plantains and ladies finger.

Kerala Sambar is a dal based curry dish and the spicy flavors makes it awesome. Sambar dishes vary region wise. I have illustrated one of the easiest and most simplest of sambar dishes that requires no roasting and grinding of coconut. Adding a little tamarind water gives a tangy flavor to the dish that makes the dish even more flavorful. The tanginess and spicy flavors can be adjusted as per individual preferences. Adding a pinch of sambar powder enhances the flavors. I do not opt for store bought sambar powders I go for freshly prepared sambar powders. Fresh coriander leaves are added to Kerala Sambar in the final stage and the vessel is closed so as not to lose the flavors. This is one of the easiest ways to finish off any leftover veggies. You can explore a well detailed Kerala Sambar Easy here.

Kerala Sambar Easy

Kerala Sambar Easy

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 7 people


  • Red gram As reqd, Thuvaraparippu
  • 150 gm Pearl/Red onions Kunjulli



  • Cook the red gram in a pressure cooker along with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, a pinch of salt, ghee and the reqd qty of water.
  • Heat a pan and splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek, black gram and jeera.
  • Add onions and sautT for a while till they become very light golden in colour.
  • Add coriander powder, chilly powder and turmeric powder along with a tsp of sambhar powder which is optional.
  • Saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the vegetables along with some water. Stir well.
  • Add the tamarind water which is again optional.
  • Close the pan and cook the vegetables.
  • Add salt as required.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, add the cooked red gram or dal and mix well.
  • Add little water and bring to a boil or till the required consistency is reached.
  • Finally, add corriander leaves and close the vessel so as not to lose the flavour of Sambar.
  • :- Serve Easy Kerala Sambar hot with dosa or rice or vada.
  • :- Enjoy the yummy kerala sambar recipe.


You can visit this link for an easy to prepare Sambar. You can also explore this link Palakkadan Sambar.
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Response (43)
  1. H
    Hema September 6, 2009

    this is a typical sambar which tastes different…………

  2. S
    Sunila Sabith April 25, 2008

    It tried this out and it came out really good…
    though its not the typical sambar, its a little different…

  3. r
    renu December 1, 2004

    this preparation is ok.but i dont think this is the usual kerala style preparation.

  4. R
    Remya December 1, 2004

    This recipe is good .tasty.but it`s not the kerala style`s the tamilnadu style or karnataka style sambar.

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