Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sambhar [सांभर]

A southern food, healthy, tasty and spicy !


  • Toor [arhar] ki daal  1/2 cup
  • *Carrot  2 piece
  • *Greenpeas1/2 cup
  • *Drumstick  2
  • *Bottle gourd [lauki]  1/4
  • *Green beans.   5-6
  • *Potato  2 medium
  • *Brinjal      1small
  • Green chilli     5-6
  • *[ Note: 3-4 kinds of seasonal vegetables can be used]
  • Onion  2 medium
  • Tamarind [imli ka guda]  2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds  1/2 tbsp
  • Black gram[urad dal]        1tsp ?
  • Bengal gram  [chana dal]      1tsp ?
  • Turmeric powder  1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves   5-6 leaves
  • Hole red chilli   2-3
  • Garam masala  1/2 tsp
  • Sambhar masala powder  2tbsp
  • Red chilli powder   1/4tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil  1-2 tbsp


  •  Sambhar masala powder : 
Take following spices in a plate-
 Black gram & bengal gram 
 [ Urad &Chana dal].  3-4tbsp
 Coriander   2tbsp
 Cumin seeds.   1tsp
 Black pepper  1tsp
Whole red chilli    5-6 pieces
 Fenugreek seeds 1tsp
     [Methi ke daane] 
     Roast every spice separately and then grind together
  • Wash the toor daal,soak in water for ...minjutes,drain water.Keep aside.
  • Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of water for 1/2 hour. Once soft,mash tamarind to separate paste from seeds & fibre and get juice.
  •  Chop vegetables in small sizes.


  • Heat 1tsp oil in the cooker, add black gram  & bengal gram.Fry till turned light brown. Add mustard seed turmeric powder chilli powder.
  • Add vegetables,drum stick.Cook with lid on.
  • When vegetables are cooked,add soaked toor daal in pressure cooker,add 4 cup of fresh water and salt and cook it. Close the flame.When pressure is released,add tamarind juice and sambhar masala powder.
  • Boil for 1-2 minutes.
  • For seasoning,heat a small steel bowl on medium flame, add 2 tbsp of oil, then add mustard seeds and hole red chilli.When mustard seeds pop up, add curry leaves and at the same time, close flame.
  • Add it immediately to sambhar.Mix well. 
  •  Sambhar is ready.
Serve hot with Idli, Uttapam, plain rice,rice or dosa,vada etc.


  1. Making sambhar simplified!trying out today for sure as u have all the items with me for once!😁

  2. don't know much abt cooking but i love sambhar and all south Indian dishes...and your recipe seems quite good !!