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Sambhar is made with lentils, vegetables, and a special blend of spices. It is usually served with steamed rice, idli, dosa, or vada. Sambhar is a thick, flavorful stew that is often cooked with tamarind, asafoetida, and other spices. It is a staple dish in many South Indian households and is also served in restaurants.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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Toor Dal

2 cups

medium-sized Onions, finely chopped


medium-sized Tomatoes, finely chopped


Green Chillies, finely chopped


Mustard Seeds

1 teaspoon

Cumin Seeds

1 teaspoon

Turmeric Powder

1 teaspoon

Red Chilli Powder

1 teaspoon

Coriander Powder

1 teaspoon

Garam Masala

1 teaspoon


2 tablespoons

Tamarind Paste

2 tablespoons

Salt to taste

Coriander Leaves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons



Step 1:

Soak the toor dal in water for about 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

Saute for a few minutes until the onions turn golden brown.

Step 5:

Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes.

Step 6:

Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala.

Step 7:

Saute for a few more minutes until the spices are well blended.

Step 8:

Add the soaked toor dal and mix well.

Step 9:

Add enough water to cover the dal and pressure cook for about 3-4 whistles.

Step 10:

Once the pressure is released, open the cooker and add the tamarind paste and salt to taste.

Step 11:

Simmer for about 10 minutes until the dal is cooked and the desired consistency is reached.

Step 12:

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 122837 users have chowed down on Sambhar a whopping 266328 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

Hungry much? These cities certainly are! Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune are the top 5 cities gobbling up Sambhar like there's no tomorrow.

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Sambhar, our users are head over heels in july, but the interest cools down in january.

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Who preferred this food the most?

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

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