Recipe of Sambhar

Recipe of Sambhar

Ingredients : 1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas) , 2 cups water ,1 small eggplant, diced , 1 small potato, diced , 1 small carrot, diced , 1 small onion, chopped , 1 small tomato, chopped , 1 drumstick, cut into 2-inch pieces (optional) , 2-3 green chilies, slit lengthwise , 1 tablespoon tamarind paste , 1 tablespoon Sambhar powder , 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder , Salt to taste

For Tempering :

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chilies
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Few curry leaves


  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


  1. Cooking the Dal:

    • Rinse the toor dal under running water until the water runs clear.
    • In a pressure cooker, add the rinsed toor dal along with 2 cups of water.
    • Pressure cook for about 3-4 whistles or until the dal is soft and mushy. Set aside.
  2. Preparing the Tamarind Extract:

    • In a small bowl, soak the tamarind paste in 1/2 cup of warm water for 10-15 minutes.
    • Squeeze the tamarind pulp to extract its flavor and discard the solids. Set aside the tamarind extract.
  3. Cooking the Vegetables:

    • In a large pot, add the diced eggplant, potato, carrot, onion, tomato, drumstick (if using), and slit green chilies.
    • Add turmeric powder, Sambhar powder, and salt. Mix well.
    • Add enough water to cover the vegetables and cook them until they are tender.
  4. Combining Dal and Vegetables:

    • Once the vegetables are cooked, add the cooked toor dal to the pot.
    • Stir well and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Preparing Tempering:

    • Heat oil in a small pan for tempering.
    • Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
    • Add cumin seeds, dried red chilies, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds until fragrant.
  6. Tempering the Sambhar:

    • Pour the tempering over the cooked Sambhar.
    • Stir well to incorporate the tempering into the Sambhar.
  7. Adding Tamarind Extract:

    • Pour the tamarind extract into the Sambhar.
    • Adjust the consistency by adding more water if necessary.
    • Let the Sambhar simmer for another 5 minutes.
  8. Garnish and Serve:

    • Garnish the Sambhar with freshly chopped cilantro leaves.
    • Serve hot with steamed rice, idli, dosa, or any South Indian bread of your choice.

Enjoy the comforting and flavorful Sambhar as a hearty meal!

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