Sambar or How to prepare sambar for idli

Recipe Categories: Curries I Sambar I Saaru

Sambar is a famous south Indian dish which is the best combination with idli, Dosa, Vada and other south Indian dishes. It is a nutritious food which is a combination of vegetables, tur dal, and spices, which is tasty and aromatic in flavor. This is a simple and easy to prepare recipe.









To cook –

Tur dal – 1 cup

Any vegetable like sweet pumpkin/cucumber/mixed vegetables-carrot,beans,potato – 1 cup

Ingredients to grind –


Coconut or dry copra – 1 cup

Coriander seeds – 2 tbs

Chana dal – 1 1/2 Tsp

Urad dal – 1 Tsp

Fenugreek seed – 1/4 tsp

Clove – 2 or 3 no’s

Cinnamon – 1 small piece

Red chili – 5 to 6 nos

Turmeric powder – 1/4 Tsp

Tamarind – 1 small piece

Jaggery  to taste

Oil to fry

For seasoning –

Mustard seed – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – 2 spring

Hing/asafoetida – 1/4 Tsp

Onion – 1 medium chopped

Tomato – 1 medium chopped



Pressure cook tur dal by adding 2 cups of water for 2 or 3 whistles, cook vegetables separately.

Add  1 or 2 tsp of oil in a pan, fry all the above ingredients one by one separately to golden brown in color (take care, not to overcook or burn any ingredients) as it gets a bitter taste to the sambar, allow it to cool, then transfer it to a mixer jar, with coconut, blend to a fine paste by adding enough water to grind and set aside.


Add little oil in a thick bottomed vessel, when it is hot, add 2 tsp of oil when it is hot add mustard seeds when it begins to sparkle add curry leaves and Hing/asafoetida, add chopped onion fry until translucent, then add tomatoes fry until it becomes soft, add grounded paste, saute for a while in a low flame for few secs


Add cooked dal and vegetables, combine together to a medium thick in consistency. Add salt to taste.


Bring it to boil for 5 to 8 minutes and turn off the flame.


Enjoy Sambar with Idli, vada, dosa or any other south Indian dishes.


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