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sambar recipe



Sambar is a flavorful and nutritious Indian curry made with freshly ground spices and lentils. It is a staple in South Indian cuisine and is commonly served with idlis, dosas, and rice. The main ingredients in sambar include lentils, tamarind, and a unique blend of spices known as sambar powder. Assorted vegetables such as okra, drumstick, radish, and eggplant can also be added to enhance the taste and nutritional value of the dish.

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toor dal (split pigeon peas)

1 cup


2 cups

turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon


2 tablespoons

mustard seeds

1 teaspoon


1/4 teaspoon

cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon

dried red chillies


curry leaves


sambar powder

2 tablespoons

tamarind pulp

1/2 cup

Salt to taste

chopped mixed vegetables (like carrots, okra, eggplant, and drumstick)

1 cup



Step 1:

Rinse the toor dal and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Then, cook it with 2 cups of water and turmeric in a pressure cooker for 5 whistles. Set aside.

Step 2:

Heat the oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter, add asafoetida, cumin seeds, dried red chillies, and curry leaves.

Step 3:

Add the sambar powder and stir well. Add the tamarind pulp, salt, and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 4:

Add the cooked dal and vegetables to the pan and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Step 5:

Serve the sambar hot with idlis, dosas, or rice.

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