Sambar Recipe

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Sambar Recipe

I’ve got requests from some of you for a sambar recipe. All that time, I never thought I would be able to post its recipe here.

During my initial days of cooking whenever I made sambar, it was close to disaster. Finally, I resorted to some ready made mix of sambar for sometime and then got bored of it lately. Running out of options, I decided to try it again and this time I did make it successfully. Again I’m not sure this is the “method” for making sambar. However this is my method and it works well for me :) We both, Jose & myself like thick sambar, so I’ve adjusted the recipe accordingly.

Btw, I’ve taken this picture in my mobile camera. My camera’s battery was over and I discovered it only after dressing up the sambar for photo session. Since I didn’t want to disappoint the sambar after all the make up and attention she got, I decided to try it with my mobile cam :). Hence the clarity is not that great.

Hope you will like my version of sambar :)

Sambar
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian, Indian
 
Ingredients
  • Toor dal – ¾ – 1 cup
  • Water – 2.5-3 cups
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Carrot – 1, cubed
  • Potato – 1 small-medium, cubed & half cooked
  • Drumstick – 2, cut lengthwise
  • Tomato – 2, sliced
  • Ladies finger(vendakka) – a handful
  • Tamarind – size of a lime (adjust the qty as per your taste)
  • Sambar powder – 1.5 – 2 tbsp
  • Asafoetida (kayam) – ½ tsp
  • Small onion – 5, sliced finely
  • Red chilly – 2
  • Mustard – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook the dal with water & turmeric powder on high flame for 4 whistles. Keep it closed for 30 minutes or till the steam goes. Mash the cooked dal well using a wooden spoon. Add 3.5-4 cups of water to the mashed dal and blend it well. Add salt and all the veggies except the potato to this. When the veggies are half cooked add potato and the tamarind pulp. Cook till all the veggies are cooked.
  2. Meanwhile heat oil in another pan and add the sambar powder and kayam. Fry it for a minute, make sure that it doesn’t get burnt. Add some water to the powder and make a thick paste. Add this to the veggies and let it boil. Heat some more oil in the same pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add sliced, small onions, red chillies and curry leaves. Fry it till the onion becomes golden brown. Add this to the sambar and mix well. Remove from fire.
Notes
You can adjust the qty of water to suit your requirements. I’ve used Brahmins brand sambar powder. Also you can use the veggies of your choice.

 

 

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  • http://yummyoyummy.blogspot.com/ Yummy Team

    Sambar kandittu kothiyakkunnu..nice recipe!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thank you :)

      • Anu

        Hi Maria

        I was too disappointed this morning cuz my sambhar did not turn out well n my husband made a comment” u can make it much better” and so i decided to check out sambar in ur site. The paalozhicha egg curry that i had referred from your site was simply awesome.My husband and me just loved it. So thanks a lot for this recipe. Will try soon and let you know. 

        Anu

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Anu,

          Good to know that you liked the egg recipe, thanks for trying it. I do hope your sambar also comes out well. All the best and happy cooking :)

          Cheers
          Maria

  • silpa mathew

    hey Maria,

    Happy vishu

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Silpa

      Thanks dear :) Hope you too had a great Vishu!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sini Rency

    Hi…Your recipies are simply SUPERB…I like the way you present each dish..Now each day I am eager to try your dishes one by one..
    Thanks a lot…..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sini,

      Thanks a lot :)

      Hope you have tries some recipes from here and liked it too. Please do share your feedback.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Sini Rency

    @Maria, s of course…i tried nadan mutton curry, beetroot mezhukupiratty,beef ularthiyadh,dal palak ..am still continuing with ur other recipies..All which I have tried were super.My husband liked all.This gave me an encouragement to try new items..Thanks a lot to u dear Maria ..and to my dear friend Silpa who introduced this site to me.

    • silpa mathew

      @Sini Rency, ;)

  • gurmeet

    thanks , but i want to know what is kayam you added in sambar and want home made sambar powder recipie

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Gurmeet,

      So sorry for the delayed reply :(

      Kayam is Asafoetida. Its available in all Indian stores. Since I use ready made sambar powder, so I dont have any homemade sambar powder recipe :(

      Cheers
      Maria

  • LA

    nalla sambhar ! but i usually add grated coconut too. infact i grind grated coconut with 1 to2 tsps of sambhar powder and add it.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thanks LA :)

      I’ve heard about varutharacha sambar in which grated & fried coconut is added. It sounds nice, but I havent tried it yet. May be sometime soon :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • shemi

    hi maria!!!
    i love sambar,but was never destined to taste a self made one :( now u made it posible..thnx a lot!!!!i just made it,its stil steaming ther .,its lunch time here and waiting for my hubby to have it together..ooo i cant wait anymore the smell kills me..

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shemi,

      Thank you so much dear :) Glad that you could make sambar finally and really happy to know that you liked it.

      Hope your husband also liked it :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • shemi

    hey!!!
    the sambar was tasty except that it became very thick after an hour or so…. ??

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Shemi,

      The recipes using dal tends to thicken even after cooking. I guess that’s what happened.

      Next time, please adjust the thickness of the gravy accordingly.

      Thanks again for trying the recipe from here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • anjana

    hey i have a question. do u cook the veggie in a cooker pressure…

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anjana,

      I usually dont use pressure cooker for cooking veggies. However you can use that method. I’ve seen many of my friends doing that.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Deepthi

    Hi Maria,

    Tried this out and it came out really well :-) tastes super!!

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Thank you so much Deepthi :)

  • Neetha Mary

    Hi

    I had tried this sambar and it taste great. I had tried many recipe from here and all turned out great.

    Thanks a ton

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Neetha,

      First of all, I’m sorry for the delayed response. I’m currently on vacation and hence the delay :(

      Thanks for trying the recipes from here and it’s good to know that you like the recipes posted here. Also thanks for leaving the comment.

      Wish you & your family a very happy new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anu

    I tried out the sambhar and it came out well.
    Some modifications which i tried out was
    1)Shallow fried the ladies finger and then added to the cooked veggies.
    2)While sesoning added a lil of garlic flakes and Jeera.

    3)Heard from my mom that it would be good if we added some flakes of ginger for seasoning.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anu,

      Thanks for the comment :)

      Good to know that you liked the sambar & thanks for sharing your tips. Adding garlic & ginger to sambar is something new to me. Will try it sometime :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Fida199

    Hello Maria, I just came across your blog randomly when I was searching for Sambar Recipes. Going to try making it tomorrow (My first attempt at sambar!) I’m cooking for 6, so should this quantity be enough? And if I want to add brinjal, when should it be done?
    Btw, your blog looks totally awesome, wish I had more time to cook :(

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Fida,

      This qty shuld be fine for 6. You can add brinjal along with other veggies. Hope you liked the sambar. Please try other recipes too when time permits.

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Fida199

        It turned out fantastic, I also added roasted coconut. Also tried the avial :) I’m still trying to believe that I made it all on my own, same goes with my family! Thanx so much :)

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Hi Fida,

          Its really a pleasure to know that this recipe worked well for you. I haven’t yet tried adding roasted coconut, it sounds interesting! Thank you very much for sharing your feedback here.

          Cheers
          Maria

  • Sajna

    Hello! :) I made this smabhar today and lemme tell u… this is the first time my sanbhar actually came out like sambhar! lol :D Generally it comes out like sambar flavoured paruppu curry! :D :D I had a small doubt though….when I double this recipe, do I double all the ingredients, including sambhar powder and asafoetida ?! Please do let me know… thanks a bunch for all the loveley recipes! Ur a rockstar!!! :D

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Sajna,

      How are you dear?

      Great to know that sambar came out well for you. yeah doubling all the ingredients should work. Onamthinulla preps thodangiyo?

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Sajna

         Hello :)

        Thanks for the reply Maria :) I’m doing fine.. How about you ?! Are you back in Bahrain now ?

        There are only totally 10 malayalis where we live, so we have decided to have a small get-together and a potluck onasadhya :) I’m doing Sambhar and kaalan and I wanted to get it right before I make it for others.. hehe :D

        Cheers!
        Sajna :)

        • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

          Sajna dear,

          Hope you had a wonderful Onam with your friends. Yep, I’m back in Bahrain. We also celebrated Onam with friends… how was your potluck onasadya?

          Cheers
          Maria

  • ambily

    hi
    i am a grt fan of yr recipes…yu simply rock…thanks alot for all those wonderful dishes,,,esp chicken mappas,tomato chutney,dragon chicken,chemmen olathiyathu n prawns fry,,,now plannin to try ur aviyal n sambar recipe..i have one doubt if we add the same qty of water yu have mentioned in sambar recipe will it be too thick?waitin for yr reply

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ambily,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m thrilled to hear that you have tried many recipes from the site :)

      The sambar tends to thicken as it cools. So its better to add water to adjust the consistency when you heat it, before serving.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • smitha

    Hi Maria,

        I tried the sambar.. and for the first time in years i got the comment “this is sambar”.. :) thanks for your wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Smitha,
      wow! I’m really happy that this recipe worked for you :) Thanks for the comment!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mincy

    Hi Maria,

    Finally I was able to make sambar that tasted “homemade”. Thank you so much for the recipe. :)

    Mincy

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mincy,

      Thanks! I’m glad that this recipe worked well for you :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Suz

    Hi dear,
    Tried your Sambar recipe. I felt something was missing, not sure what. But I enjoyed it :)
    Suzette

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Suz! Which Sambar powder did you use? I always feel the taste of sambar depends on the sambar powder used.

      • Suziruzi

        it was eastern powder. But i think it was because i put too much water and less kayam.

  • maggie

    Hi ,
    Love your recipes plus they look very delicious too.. keep going and good wishes.. i would like to know how you prepare Kootu which is made with channa dal and yam or banana.. have tasted it in sadhya.. like to know how they are made? Please.. awaiting your reply.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      H Maggie,

      Nice to know that you like the recipes posted here. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I havent tried cooking kootu so far!

      Anyways, if I cook it sometime and if it comes out well, will post it here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Ria

    maria,you really disappointed me.I dint get black sesame ball recipe from your site.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ria,

      do you mean ellunda? What to do I havent tried it yet…

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Shailaja

    please tell me  how to prepare homemade  sambhar powder  can you post it in my email my email is shailaja_sundeep@yahoo.co.in

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Shailaja,

      I use readymade sambar powder. I havent tried making sambar powder at home yet.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • ranjith

    hi maria,

    I am a regular visitor of ur website (after my wife went home for delivery).I have tried a lot of recipes from ur webpage. I am so happy that all came well.Congrats and thank you so much for such a wonderful website. But today when I entered ur webpage for sambar recipe, I was a bit disappointed,u mentioned sambar powder in the ingredients. But you didn’t give the ingredients of a sambar powder. instead you mentioned some instant make sambar powder(now a days we cannot trust the instant make powders). Later I found the recipe from some other webpage. It came well. Kindly have a look at it if u find it is useful. i like almost all ur recipes because most of them are of kottayam style( I am from kottayam).

    regards

    ranjith

  • ranjith

    hi maria,

    I am a regular visitor of ur website (after my wife went home for delivery).I have tried a lot of recipes from ur webpage. I am so happy that all came well.Congrats and thank you so much for such a wonderful website. But today when I entered ur webpage for sambar recipe, I was a bit disappointed,u mentioned sambar powder in the ingredients. But you didn’t give the ingredients of a sambar powder. instead you mentioned some instant make sambar powder(now a days we cannot trust the instant make powders). Later I found the recipe from some other webpage. It came well. Kindly have a look at it if u find it is useful. i like almost all ur recipes because most of them are of kottayam style( I am from kottayam).

    regards

    ranjith

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Ranjith,

      Thank you so much for trying out the recipes from here and also for the comment.

      Sorry to hear that you were disappointed about the sambar recipe. We dont make sambar regularly at home, so I didnt bother to go all the way to mak the powder at home :)

      Wish you a wonderful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • roweena

      Achayathioda sambar powder um sambhar undakan parayunnutha…nalla karyam ayi poyi…lol…Vella irachi curry o poth irachio undakkan Samatham avum.

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  • Apphia K

    Maria! I love this recipe. I’m a keralite by way of my father, but we never learned how to cook traditional keralite food. After my father passed away, I have been exploring my south indian roots through food. The first time I tried this recipe, I wowed friends and family who didn’t expect it to go that well. I’ve tried more of your recipes and you’ve never let me down. Thank you so much! Being able to discover my roots by way of something I love and to someone I love and miss very much has been a profound experience and every single time you make my heart happy. I am so grateful! Thank you so much! Big love x

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Dear Apphia,

      I’m so touched by your comment dear, thanks a ton! I’m really happy that this site helps you to discover your roots through food.

      Thanks again dear for taking time to share your feedback here, appreciate it very much.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://shopping.kitchensofindia.com/ Kitchens of India

    Sambar is always my favorite, not only for me, but from most of us. And if it has typical South Indian touch, then really I can’t hold it up.
    Thanks for share.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome :) Please do try this version when time permits..

  • Vinita

    Maria, thanks for sharing all your tried recipes. Your recipes are a good reference for me. Just would like to ask about adding jaggery in sambar. I love the combined taste of tamarind n jaggery in sambar. At exatly which step of cooking should jaggery be added?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Vinita,

      You are welcome :)

      I think you can add jaggery along with tamarind pulp. Hope you enjoy the sweet version of sambar.

      Cheers
      Maria