Sambar – Kerala Style


Sambar - Kerala Style

Kerala Style Sambar
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


For Preparing Sambar Masala:


  • Pressure cook the dhal with the drumsticks adding 2 cup water for about 3 whistles.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and then add asafoetida & fenugreek seeds.
  • When it is slightly brown add jeera and Red Chillies.
  • When they turn dark red add coriander seeds and fry till slight brown.
  • Add the shredded coconut and fry till it is slightly brown.
  • Cool this and grind it into a fine paste with little water.
  • Cut the onions into thick chunks and the tomatoes into cube size.
  • Cut brinjal into cube sized pieces.
  • Put tamarind in 1 cup of water and extract the pulp .
  • In a deep pan, add the dhal with drumsticks, the cut vegetables and onions.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and then add the ground masala.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt to this and mix it with enough water (about 3/4 cup) so it is not too thick.
  • Add the cilantro to this and boil and after that simmer it until the raw smell goes and the veggies are cooked.
  • Heat 3 tsp oil in a small pan.
  • Add mustard and put curry leaves and broken red chillies when mustard crackles.
  • Add asafoetida to this and pour this mixture over the cooked sambar.
  • :-This goes good with rice, Idli dosa and pongal.
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Response (2)
  1. U
    Unni June 17, 2012

    Good recipe..

  2. a
    aley kurian June 12, 2023

    You can add 2 cups of water to dhal before pressurizing.

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