Sambar- South Indian delicacy

Sambar is an authentic South Indian dish and is famous for it spicy flavor.

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  • Drumsticks (long cut, 1 cup)
  • Potatoes (cut cube, 1 cup)
  • Pumpkin (cut small, 1 cup)
  • Long beans (cut long, 1 cup)
  • Yam (cut cube, 1 cup)
  • Carrot( cut thick, 1 cup)
  • Dried red chilly (2)
  • Red chilly powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder(1/2 tsp)
  • Asafoetida powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Tomatoes (chopped, 1)
  • Red gram dal/ Tur daal(1/2 cup)
  • Onion (finely chopped, 1)
  • Mustard seeds (1 tsp)
  • Tamarind pulp (1of lemon size tamarind)


  1. Boil and mash the red gram daal/tur dal, and keep it aside.
  2. Roast red chilly powder, coriander powder, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder till the aroma of coriander spreads, and keep them aside.
  3. In a heavy bottom vessel, boil the Carrot, pumpkin, long beans, potato and yam till they become tender.
  4. Add boiled and mashed red gram dal, salt,  mix well and bring it to boil.
  5. Add the roasted spices and mix again.
  6. Add tomatoes and boil it for 2 more mintues.
  7. Add tamarind pulp and check for salt.
  8. For seasoning, heat a pan, add oil (1 tbsp), mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  9. Add red chilly, curry leaves, chopped onion and saute till the onion turns golden brown in color.
  10. Add this seasoning in the sambar and mix well.

Sambar is ready to be served with steamed rice, idli or dosa.

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4 thoughts on “Sambar- South Indian delicacy”

  1. Hi

    Add red chilly, curry leaves, chopped onion and saute till the onion turns golden brown in color.

    On the 9th step you are adding onions ( i think it is more of tadaka ) and this is the first time i see that you add onions to it.

    Is this Traditional Kerala Sambar ?

    Love kerala Sambar with red rice..

  2. sambar ingrediants if added with tamil translation shall be good to all

    if tamarin taste is more how to correct it

    hope jeerakam is required only for rasam

    is it required with prepared sambar podi r can we make ready made podi at time preparation of sambar
    may time is taken more in the busy urgent world where we want to spend minimum time in kitchen and also get a good tasty foods

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