Exploring the Flavors of Kerala: Kerala Sambar

The Art of Making Authentic Kerala Sambar (with Video Tutorial)

Welcome to a flavorful journey through the heart of Kerala cuisine! In this article, we’ll delve into the world of Kerala Sambar, a beloved South Indian dish known for its rich flavors and aromatic spices. Join us as we explore the nuances of preparing the authentic dish complete with a step-by-step video tutorial.

Understanding Kerala Sambar

This is a staple dish in Kerala households, deeply rooted in tradition and culinary heritage. Unlike other regional variations, the dish boasts a unique blend of spices and incorporates locally sourced ingredients that lend it a distinct taste.

Ingredients That Define The Dish

Discover the essential components that make the dish truly exceptional. From the selection of lentils and vegetables to the signature blend of spices, each ingredient plays a crucial role in enhancing the flavor and texture of this classic dish.

Key Spices and Seasonings

Explore the spices and seasonings that elevate the dish to new heights. From mustard seeds and fenugreek to curry leaves and asafoetida, each spice contributes to the dish’s complex flavor profile.

Benefits of Making The Dish At Home

Discover the health benefits of preparing the dish from scratch. Homemade Sambar allows you to control the quality of ingredients, making it a nutritious and wholesome addition to your diet.

Cooking Techniques for Authentic Flavor

Learn about traditional cooking techniques used in the dish, such as tempering spices and incorporating tamarind for that signature tangy taste.

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

Accompanying this article is a detailed video tutorial that guides you through the process of making the dish. Watch as expert chefs demonstrate each step, from preparing the masala paste to simmering the lentils and vegetables to perfection.

Serving and Pairing Suggestions

Explore different ways to enjoy the dish. Whether served with steamed rice, dosa, idli, or appam, this versatile dish complements a variety of South Indian staples.


Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with the rich flavors of the dish. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a culinary enthusiast, this recipe promises to transport you to the lush landscapes of South India. Embrace the art of Kerala cooking and savor the magic of authentic flavors in every bite.


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Kerala Sambar With Video

Kerala Sambar is a staple dish in Malayalee households, deeply rooted in tradition and culinary heritage.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


For Grinding:

For Seasoning:-


  • For preparing , first heat up a pressure cooker.
  • Add the cleaned red gram along with chopped onions and small onions.
  • Pressure cook upto 2 whistles. Keep this aside.
  • Place the chopped vegetables along with salt and turmeric powder in a vessel and allow it to cook.
  • When it is half done, add the chopped lady's fingers, chopped tomatoes and slit green chillies and cook again.
  • When done, add the tamarind extract and mix well.
  • Add the cooked dhal mixture and mix again.
  • Allow it to boil.

For Grinding:

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan or a kadai.
  • Add the asafoetida piece and fry it well. Keep it aside.
  • :- Make sure it doesn't get fried too much.
  • Allow it to cool and grind it to a powder in a mixer grinder.
  • Add it to the boiling sambar and mix well.
  • Add a little coriander leaves too at this stage. (optional)
  • Simmer for a while and when it starts to thicken, remove from the flame.

For Seasoning:

  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Splutter mustard seeds and saute dry red chillies, curry leaves and finely chopped small onions.
  • Add the above seasoning into the sambhar and mix well.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well again.
  • :- You can adjust the quantity of asafoetida and coriander leaves according to your taste.
  • Kerala Sambar is ready.


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Response (6)
  1. M
    Magz January 3, 2008

    Very Good! We all know how common is Sambhar in south India but nobody takes much care on how it can be better prepared. I appreciate you to have taken time and put the method down nice & simple. Though I havent tried your recipe yet I can sense that its going to be a treat!. Thank you.


  2. j
    janu May 23, 2007

    Excellent!!! really good.

  3. s
    sibi jacob July 1, 2008

    gud one…bt its time consuming

  4. s
    shreya September 20, 2009

    Great recipe…i was looking for a sambar recipe without coconut in it….and i found one…nice one..thanks Rugmini…..

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