Sambhar /Sambar

Submitted by:Vincy Babu


Toor dal – 2 cups
Vegetables – 4 cups
[preferrably potatoes,carrots,drum stick,pumpkin,white pumpkin,brinjal etc.
no cabbage]
Shallots – 1 handful
Tomato – 1 or 2[ according to your preferred tangy taste]
Green chilli – 2 splitted
Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1/2 tsp [optional]

Oil-enough for seasoning
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Shallot – 1 finely chopped
Curry leaves – a sprig or two
Coriander leaves- 10-15 sprigs
Mint leaves – 1or 2 sprigs

Coriander powder-3 tsp
Chiili powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp
Methi powder – 1/2 tsp
Hing – 3/4 tsp


1. Pressure cook the daal with turmeric powder,shallots,finely chopped garlic and tomato.

2. In a dry pan saute coriander powder, then add chilli powder,then cumin and methi powder respectively till an aroma comes.
add hing to this and turn it off.

3. After the pressure is released from the pressure cooker, add the vegetables and the sauteed masala powder.
Also add the salt,green chillies.
Pressure cook them.

4.after the pressure is released, now in a frying pan pour some oil and splutter the mustard seeds.To it add the shallot and coriander and mint leaves.

5. At the end , add a pinch of sugar or jaggery to balance all the flavors of the sambhar.
[And I prefer coconut oil ]

ShowMeTheCurry Notes: Sambar or Sambhar is an ideal accomliment with Dosa, Idly or rice. Vincy, this looks like a great recipe, thanks for sharing..

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