Sambhar is the most popular recipe from the state of Tamilnadu. It is very mild and super healthy as it is made with vegetables and toor dhal. Sambar goes well with rice, idli , dosa or any tiffin item of your choice. Let s get started with the yummy sambhar recipe:


Serves – 2

Vegetable -1/2 cup ( drumstick, eggplant, okra, carrot, radish or potato – you can use any one or all the veggies mentioned in the list)

Toor dhal – 1/4 cup

Oil – 1 tbs

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Tomato – 1(optional)

Tamarind – small gooseberry size or even less(if you are using a tomato)

To Temper:

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 6 seeds

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Red chilly – 1 (optional)

Jeera/cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Hing – a pinch



  1. Soak the tamarind in Luke warm water for 15 mins, squeeze out the tamarind juice from the pulp and keep it aside.
  2. Pressure cook the Toor Dal until they turn soft and mushy.
  3. Heat a wide sauce pan, add 1 tbs of oil to it, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter, then add the fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, red chilly and hing, stir for 30 secs.
  4. Add in the vegetable of your choice and fry for 2 mins, then add in the tamarind extract, turmeric powder, 1/4 cup of water and allow this mixture to boil for 2 mins until the raw smell of the tamarind goes.
  5. Now add 2 tsp of sambhar powder and salt, allow it to boil for 10 mins until the raw smell of sambhar powder goes away.
  6. Finally add the mashed dhal and simmer for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and add coriander leaves.
  7. Serve hot with rice, idli or dosa

  • If you are using store bought sambhar powder, you can increase the quantity to 3tsp.
  • If you don’t have any vegetables, here s a yummy alternative , use onion, tomato and green chillies instead, the sambhar tastes heavenly with a lovely aroma.
  • You can even do the tempering for the sambhar finally which makes it even more flavorful .

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  3. Hey could you post your recipe for sambar powder sometime? I use store bought powder and it’s just not the same! I love your dosa recipe and would love to use your sambar powder recipe too. 🙂

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