Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Sambhar is a typical south-indian dish , loved by foodies around the world. It is a dish with gravy and is served with steamed rice or (steamed rice cakes) idili.Heres how I prepare Sambhar in my kitchen...

Things you will need:

Handful of cubed pieces of Okra,Potato,Eggplant,Carrot
Onion- 1 Large cubed
Drumsticks-3 or 4
Tomato-2 medium sized cubed
Coriander Powder-2 tbsp
Chilli Powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves
Whole Red Chillies-3
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Asafoetida- 1 tsp
Toor Dahl-1 cup
Water -3 cups
Tamarind paste-2 tsp
Salt to taste

Preparation Method:

Cook Toor Dahl to paste.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add Mustard seeds.
Once Mustard seeds splutter, add Fenugreek seeds,Asafoetida,Whole red chillies, Curry leaves and fry.
Add onion and Saute till they are light brown in color.
Add coriander powder,turmeric powder, and chilli powder and fry. Make sure it does not burn.
Now add the vegetables and saute till they are fried.
Add the dahl paste and water, bring to a boil.
At this time add salt to taste and tamarind paste.
Let it simmer for 3 mins.

Optional-Garnish with chopped Coriander(cilantro) leaves.

Sambhar is now ready to be served with steamed rice or idili (steamed rice cakes).


  1. am a sambhar vada freak....and now thanks to your educative blog, i can make my own bowl of sambhar....thanks.

  2. Sounds very tasty.Very similar to the way I make except I dont add tamarind.


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