How to make South Indian Sambar recipe.


Sambar is a South Indian lentil and vegetable stew. If you are looking to master the art of cooking sambar, this recipe should be bookmarked and tucked with your life. Vegetable sambar can be served with many dishes like South Indian vadas, Idli, dosa, rice etc..

How to make South Indian Sambar recipe.


Sambar is a staple part of most South Indian meals. Every family has their own personal recipe in making this fantastic dish.

How to make South Indian Sambar recipe.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Sambar is a south Indian lentil and vegetable stew. If you are looking to master this art this is the one for you. Vegetable sambar can be served with many South Indian dishes like vada, idli, dosa, rice etc..

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Sumith Babu
For sambar base
  • 1/2 cup Toor dal / pigeon pea
  • 3 Cups Water (For the right consistency add water in the end of cooking)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
Vegetables for sambar
  • 6 nos Ladies finger (please watch the attached video for the cuts of vegetables)
  • 2 nos Brinjal
  • 8 nos Ivy gourd
  • 1 nos Potato
  • 8 nos Indian shallots
  • 1 nos Carrot
  • 1 nos Red onion
  • 1 small piece Snake gourd
  • 1 small piece Indian Pumpkin
  • 1 small piece Drumsticks
Ingredients for making sambar
  • 2 teaspoon Sambar powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • 6 teaspoon tamarind juice
  • small piece Jaggery
  • 3 pinch Asafoetida
Oil for cooking
  • 6 teaspoon Vegetable oil to shallow fry brinjal
  • 6 teaspoon coconut oil to saute garlic and shallots
  • 6 teaspoon coconut oil for tempering.
  1. Instructions for cooking Sambar.

  2. 1) Boil the water and cook toor dal/ pigeon pea with turmeric and salt.

  3. 2) Add cubed pumpkin, carrots, potato and onions into the cooked lentil mix.

  4. 3) Add a pinch of asafoetida to the mix.

  5. 4) In a separate pan shallow fry brinjals and keep aside (this allows brinjals not mashing out in sambar)

  6. 5) In another pan saute shallots, garlic, sambar powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, fenugreek powder and a pinch of asafoetida.

  7. 6) Add the cooked masala into veg and lentil mix

  8. 7) Add rest of the vegetables into the mix, including the grilled brinjals.

  9. 8) Add tamarind juice and jaggery and cook the vegetables to full.

For tempering.
  1. 1) Heat coconut oil in a separate pan.

  2. 2) Add mustard seeds, followed by dry red chillies and fenugreek seeds.

  3. 3 ) Add tempering to the sambar mix.

  4. Sambar is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

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How to make South Indian Sambar recipe.

Everyone has a favourite recipe that has been passed down through the years for the family. This recipe has been adopted from my Mom on my last holiday to India. Hope you all enjoy this easy to cook recipe.

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