How to prepare Sambar? Here is a recipe with ingredients and directions to prepare Sambar. Guest, who submitted this recipe, categorises the difficulty level of this recipe as hard to prepare.

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Recipe Submitted By : Guest
Submitted on : 03/08/07
Serves : 6
Difficulty : Hard
Preparation Time : 10 Minutes

Sambar is south India's one of the most favoured curries. The best combination for Idli, dosa, vada etc..


Tuvar Dal (Red gram) - 1 cup
Red Onion - 1/2
Green chillies slit - 2
Tamarind - ½ lemon sized ball
Oil - as required
Salt to taste

Vegetables (peeled and cut into bite sized pieces )

2 brinjals
1 small yam
1 small red pumpkin
3 french beans
1 carrot
1 potato
2 drumsticks

For Sambar Masala, grind and mix well the following

Red chillies - 5 to 6
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1 tsp
Trumeric Powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - ½ tsp
Cumin powder -1/4 tsp(Optional)

For tempering

Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 3
Curry Leaves - a sprig
Oil - as needed
Garlic - 3 or 4 cloves


Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water for sometime,squeeze and take the extract from it. Keep aside. Cook the dal in a pressure cooker,adding required water,salt,1/2 tsp of ghee/oil,sliced onion and green chillies. When the dal is done, remove the lid and add the tamarind extract, stir and simmer for some more time ,so that the dal is mashed well
Now add the cut vegetables into the cooker and cook till they are done, adding the sambar masala and extra water(if required). Once the vegetables are cooked, keep the cooker aside.
In a frying pan heat oil, add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add red chillies, curry leaves, and the garlic (just hit them a little to break the skin). Fry for a minute. Add this to the sambhar, mix well and simmer for few more minutes and serve hot.

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