Sambar is a lentil based vegetarian indian dish mostly made as a dip for dosas and idlis. They can also be had with rice. Sambar is mostly made in South India and it tastes a little different in each state. The recipe mentioned here is the basic sambar recipe you will ever need.

For 2 persons,

Ingredients –

Tuvar Dal(split yellow pigeon pea)- 1/2 cup

5 small onions  (shallots)

2 cups water

Chopped Vegetables – 1 carrot, few beans, 1 large potato, 1 brinjal, drumsticks

Sambar Powder

Tamarind (lemon sized soaked in water)

Ghee  (optional)

Coriander leaves

For seasoning- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp asafoetida, 2 red chillies, green curry leaves

Directions –

1. Wash and drain the Tuvar dal. In a pressure cooker add the tuvar dal, small onions, half tomato and 2 cups water. Allow for 3 whistles on medium flame.

2. Transfer the cooked dal to another dish and set aside.

3. In the same cooker, add in the chopped vegetables,salt and  1 cup water. Allow one whistle.

4. Allow steam to escape and open the cooker. Add tamarind infused watet and 2tbsp sambar powder.If your sambar powder has less spice, add chilli powder also. Allow to boil for 5 minutes.

5. Add in chopped coriander leaves.

6. Mix in the prepared dal(lentil) and check for salt.

7. Prepare seasoning in a pan. To hot oil, crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add in the dry red chillies and Allow them to darken. Add in the asafoetida. Switch off the flame and add in curry leaves.

8. Add the seasoning to the sambar and mix. For extra fragrance add 1 tsp ghee on top.

9. If your sambar is too thick, you can add required water to your needed consistency.

Tasty sambar is ready. Enjoy it with dosa, idly or rice.


* Some also like to add a piece of jaggery to sambar which gives a little sweet taste.

* You can add the above mentioned vegetables or even a single vegetable but brinjal is mandatory.

* After adding dal do not let it boil for more than 5 minutes. Boiling for more time will change the flavor.