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Tur Dal Sambar



Tur Dal Sambar is a traditional South Indian lentil based stew made with toor dal (split pigeon peas) and a variety of vegetables. It is usually served with steamed rice or idli, dosa, or vada. The dish is made by cooking tur dal with a variety of vegetables, such as onions, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and green beans. The sambar is then seasoned with tamarind and a specia spice bend called as sambar powder. Sambar is widely eaten as a source of protein across the Indian Sub Continent.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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tur dal

1 cup

onion, chopped


tomato, chopped


mustard seeds

1 teaspoon

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

urad dal

1 teaspoon

chana dal

1 teaspoon

coriander powder

1 teaspoon

red chilli powder

1 teaspoon

turmeric powder

1 teaspoon

tamarind paste

1 teaspoon


1 teaspoon


1 teaspoon

Salt to taste


2 cups

chopped coriander leaves

1 teaspoon



Step 1:

Soak the tur dal in water for 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, and chana dal.

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

Saute for a few minutes and then add the coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and tamarind paste.

Step 5:

Add the soaked tur dal and 2 cups of water.

Step 6:

Add salt to taste and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

Step 7:

Once the pressure is released, open the lid and add the jaggery.

Step 8:

Simmer for 5 minutes and then add the chopped coriander leaves.

Step 9:

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! 36372 users have chowed down on Tur Dal Sambar a whopping 81185 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

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

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Tur Dal Sambar, our users are head over heels in february, but the interest cools down in may.

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Who preferred this food the most?

It's official: Tur Dal Sambar is the food of choice for 28-30 female, with people of >40 BMI also on board.

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