Kerala Sambhar | Sambar

Kerala Sambhar | Sambar

Kerala Sambhar / Sambar is a delicious lentil rich vegetable stew prepared in an authentic traditional style. This can be cooked with lots of vegetables or you can also limit the addition of veggies as per requirement. It is a unique and tasty dish cooked with the tangy flavor of tamarind and very minimal oil. The veggies enhance the nutritive index and the dish is irresistible when served hot with idli, dosa and rice. This is uaually served with rice makes a wholesome nutrition rich meal. Lentils form the base of sambar. Usually it’s made with toor dal (split pigeon peas lentil) but can also be made by mixing moong and toor dal or masoor (red lentils) and toor dal. You can explore a well illustrated dish here that can be easily prepared at home.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


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.
  • 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.
  • 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 sambhar 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.
  • 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.
  • It is ready.


You can explore this dish Tiffin Sambar
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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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