Onion Sambar – Tamilnadu Style


Onion Sambar - Tamilnadu Style

Kunjulli Sambhar or Chinna Vengaya Sambar in Tamilnadu Style is a very delicious dish that goes well with dosa, idli and rice. The spicy tangy flavor makes the dish a worth try.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Tamil
Servings 4 people


Masala to be ground:


  • Heat oil in a pan or a vessel.
  • Add mustard seeds, red chillies, fenugreek powder and fry.
  • Add small onions and saute for a while.
  • When it turns colour, add tamarind water and allow it to boil.
  • Add cooked dal and the ground masala.
  • :- The ground masala should be mixed with water, so as to dilute it.
  • Bring Onion Sambhar to a boil and switch it off.
  • Onion Sambhar is best with vada. Vada can be soaked in sambhar for 15 mts and can have have as vada sambhar.
  • :- Serve Onion Sambhar hot with rice or dosa or vada.
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Response (7)
  1. b
    blah July 15, 2007

    Well …. i tried it out and it came out well…but this is not how chinna vengaya sambar tastes in tamil nadu cuisine…maybe u shud consider renaming it to ulli theeyal and change the cuisin to kerala ……..

  2. S
    Suki November 25, 2008

    The masala ingredients must be roasted (except for the coconut) prior to grinding. This is arachuvitta sambar. I`m gonna try tomorrow.
    Thanks for posting.

  3. J
    Jaya July 14, 2005

    i tried this today and think it tastes a lot like our “ulli theeyal”…it was good only i was looking for sth different from our regular kerala dishes

  4. M
    Maya July 10, 2004

    I tried this recipe and wow,it was too tasty.It tates great with dosa and idli.Please do post such recipes.

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