Sambar Recipe for Idli, Dosa, Vada and Rice

Sambar a combination of lentil and vegetable curry is a popular dish of Tamil Nadu. Sambar is very often prepared in Tamil Nadu to suit all occasions (including festivals and marriages). It goes well with Idli, Dosa, Upma, Ven Pongal, steamed Rice and so on.


Sambar Recipe

Sambar recipe, additionally spelled sambhar or sambaar, is a lentil-based vegetable stew or soup well-done with a tamarind broth with addition of varied vegetables, originating from Tamil Nadu, India. It's an ideal accompaniment to Idili, Dosa, Uttapam, Wada and rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Punam Paul


  • 1 cup split pigeon peas (अरहर / तूअर दाल)
  • 1 piece brinjal (बैंगन) small in size (Optional)
  • 1 piece potato (आलू)
  • 1 piece onion (प्याज)
  • 1 piece tomato (टमाटर)
  • 1 piece drumstick (सहजन)
  • 1 tablespoon sambhar masala powder (सांभर मसाला पाउडर)
  • 1/4 tablespoon turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (तेल) for tempering
  • 1 or 2 red chilies (लाल मिर्च)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds (सरसों)
  • 1/4 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (मेथी)
  • 4-5 pieces curry leaves (करी पत्ते)
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind (इमली) soaked in warm water
  • salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)


How to Make Sambar

  • Wash the dal and boil it in the cooker with the turmeric powder, salt and a little oil.
  • Cut all the vegetables into small pieces and chop the onion into medium sized pieces.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds and Fenugreek seeds.
  • When they splutter, add all the vegetables, red chilies, leaves and Sambhar Masala.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • In the meantime beat the cooked dal properly and evenly.
  • Now add the cooked dal (you may add some water if the dal is too thick).
  • Strain the water in which the tamarind is soaked.
  • Boil the Sambhar for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with Dosa or Boiled Rice.
Punam Paul

Punam Paul

Punam Paul is Indian chef with passion to cook and serve Indian food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian with love. She has been school teacher who quit a 8-years-old job and founded the cooking website,

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