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Sambar Vada



Sambar Vada is made with a combination of lentils and spices. It is a deep-fried snack made from a batter of soaked and ground lentils, usually urad dal, and spices. The batter is shaped into small, round vadas and deep-fried until golden and crisp. The vadas are then served with a spicy sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew. Sambar Vada is a popular snack served in restaurants and street food stalls throughout South India.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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Step 1:

To make the sambar, soak the toor dal in water for about an hour.

Step 2:

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

Step 3:

When the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onion and green chillies.

Step 4:

Fry until the onion turns golden brown.

Step 5:

Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for a few minutes.

Step 6:

Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.

Step 7:

Add the soaked toor dal and mix well.

Step 8:

Add enough water and bring it to a boil.

Step 9:

Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the dal is cooked.

Step 10:

Add the tamarind paste and mix well.

Step 11:

Simmer for a few more minutes and then add the chopped coriander leaves.

Step 12:

Remove from heat and keep aside.

Step 13:

To make the vada, soak the urad dal in water for about an hour.

Step 14:

Drain the water and grind the dal to a coarse paste.

Step 15:

Add the chopped onion, green chillies, coriander leaves and salt.

Step 16:

Mix well and make small balls out of the mixture.

Step 17:

Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the vadas until golden brown.

Step 18:

Serve the sambar vada hot with chutney or sambar.

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 20864 users have chowed down on Sambar Vada a whopping 28806 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

Hungry much? These cities certainly are! Pune, Chennai, Indore, Bengaluru, Chandigarh are the top 5 cities gobbling up Sambar Vada like there's no tomorrow.

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Sambar Vada, our users are head over heels in december, but the interest cools down in january.

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Who preferred this food the most?

It's official: Sambar Vada is the food of choice for 24-27 male, with people of >40 BMI also on board.

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