March 15, 2010

Sambar | South Indian Lentil Gravy

This will be the most hit recipe in any South Indian home..first thing my mom normally does on a weekday would be to keep dal in the pressure cooker for the Sambar.It has become a daily visitor in our home.My blog would be incomplete without this recipe. :-)

Sambar is a typical South Indian Veg Gravy cooked with lentils, vegetables, onions , tomatoes,tamarind sauce. It can be served with rice , Idly/Dosa etc.,

 Indian Sambar


Toor Dal - 2 cups
Vegetable - 1 cup
Onion - 2 no
Tomato - 2 no
Garlic pods - 4 no
Tamarind paste - 1/4 tsp
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves
Salt for taste
Oil- 2 tsp


  • Wash and add the toor dal to a pressure cooker.
  • Add 1/2 measure of the chopped onion, tomato to the dal.
  • Add garlic and turmeric powder to the dal and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Heat oil, splutter mustard, add asafoetida in medium flame.
  • Add remaining onion, curry leaves and saute until onion is translucent.
  • Add remaining tomatoes and smash well.
  • Add salt, sambar powder, coriander powder and sprinkle little water and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable, tamarind paste add 1/2 cup water and allow to cook in closed state.
  • Once the vegetable is cooked, add the dal and mix well. Let it to boil for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.



Typical dish of south india, looks tasty!

Hello your blog is very nice and blog images very beautiful.Thanks

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