Wednesday, August 18, 2010


This a South Indian dish. It goes excellent with rice, Idli, Dosa, Vada etc.
Sambhar is prepared in various ways. Sambhar can be made with or without using coconut.
In this post I am sharing the traditional sambhar recipe that my family cooks.
Sambhar can be prepared with almost all vegetables. You can use either one vegetable or can make a combination of all vegetables.
Vegetables commonly used are Brinjal, carrot, Drumstick, Potato, Okra, Ash gourd etc.....

Vegetables cut in fingersize -------     1 cup
Tomato ------------------------------------  1 or 2 cut in cubes
Toor dal ------------------------------------ 3 tbsp (soaked in water)
Coconut grated --------------------------- 4 tbsp
Asafoetida -------------------------------- 0.5 cm size
Curry leaves  ---------------------------- a few
Coconut oil -------------------------------- 1 tbsp
Dried  red chilly-------------------------  3 + 1 ( 1for tempering)
Coriander seeds------------------------  1tbsp
Turmeric powder ------------------------  1 tsp
Sambhar powder ------------------------  2 tsp
Shallots ( small onion) ----------------- 5 (use this as a whole or just cut in to half)
Tamarind ---------------------------------- 1 lime size ( extract tamarind juice by mixing half cup of warm water)

  1. Dry roast grated coconut, Dried red chilly, Coriander seeds, turmeric powder. Do this in low flame till a nice aroma of coconut comes. Coconut should be slight golden brown colour.
  2. Grind this to a smooth paste.
  3. Cook toor dal in pressure cooker.
  4. Add Vegetables  , add sliced tomatoes and then add tamarind juice to it and cook it by adding needed salt and a tsp of sambhar powder.
  5. Next add the ground coconut paste.
  6. Cook in slow flame.
Meanwhile, in a pan add a tbsp of oil & splutter mustard seeds,add Asafoetida, dried whole red chilly,Curry leaves and shallots. Once the shallots are soft add sambhar powder. Add little water to it , so that you wont burn the sambhar powder. Pour this to the slow flame cooking sambhar.
Check the seasoning. Cook in low flame till a nice aroma comes. Add chopped cilantro to the sambhar.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with curry leaves and cilantro.

Note: If you are adding Okra, first saute the okra in little oil till it becomes non sticky and then add it along with other vegetables.

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