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South Indian Sambar

When it comes to Indian cuisine, Sambar holds a special place. Originating from South India, it’s a delectable stew made primarily of lentils, vegetables, and a distinctive blend of spices. It’s nutritious, easy to prepare, and the perfect accompaniment to a host of Indian dishes like Idli, Dosa, and Rice. If you’ve been wondering how to bring the authentic taste of Indian cuisine to your kitchen, look no further. Here’s a quick Sambar recipe to get you started.

  • Author: Lisa McLean
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Waiting/Inactive Time:
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Cuisine: South Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


Units Scale
  • 1 cup Toor Dal (Pigeon Pea)
  • 2 cups of water to cook the dal
  • 1 Medium onion diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (carrots, drumstick, pumpkin,okra, moringa drumsticks), chopped into chucks
  • 4 green chillies split
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1.5 teaspoons Sambar powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kashmiri chillie powder
  • 1 Tablespoon jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves chopped

Sambar Powder

  • You can buy blended Sambar powder from Indian grocers or make your own with the following recipe.
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of Chana dal (skinned split Bengal gram)
  • 1 teaspoon of Urad dal (skinned black gam)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 5 dried Kashmiri chillies

For Tempering:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or any cooking oil of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Pinch of fenugreek seeds
  • A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
  • A few curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies


  1. Start by washing the Toor Dal thoroughly and pressure cook it along with turmeric powder and a little bit of water until soft or cook
  2. In a separate pan, cook the chopped vegetables with the tomatoes, a pinch of salt, and enough water to cover them. Once cooked, set them aside.
  3. Mash the cooked Dal to a smooth consistency or process in a blender then mix in the tamarind paste, sambar powder, cooked vegetables, and salt.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer, adding more water if needed, and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.
  5. For the tempering, heat the coconut oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, and dry red chillies. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter.
  6. Pour this tempering into the simmering Sambar, stir well, and switch off the heat. Your delicious, quick Sambar is ready to serve!

Serve this quick Sambar hot with rice or as a side dish with dosa or idli. Its vibrant flavours, combined with its nutritional punch, make it a family favourite, nourishing body and soul in every delightful bite. Enjoy!

Pro Tip: The secret to a delicious Sambar lies in the Sambar powder. Use a homemade version if you can, or choose a high-quality store-bought variety for the best results.


Bringing authentic Indian flavours to your kitchen has never been simpler! This quick Sambar recipe is perfect for those weeknight dinners or lazy weekend meals. Enjoy the rich tapestry of flavours, the warmth of home-cooked food, and the many health benefits this Indian delicacy brings to your table.

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