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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sambar-side dish for Idli,dosa,pongal,thalipeeth etc

 Sambar is south indian wholesome delicacy.Its a  tasty combination of lentil/dal and vegetables seasoned with spices and tamarind.

Sambar goes well with anything and everything!My daughter doesn't eat lunch and dinner if there is no sambar.This is a mandatory item in my dialy menu.Sambar is a perfect combo of carbs and proteins from dal and vitamins from mixed vegetables.Try making this to your little one and to your family.

Sambar can be made variety of ways.I being from Karnataka,we eat variety of sambar each day each tastes so very different from others!.Recipe varies by region from simple to complex.

If u have this in ur kitchen u are free to make anything like rice,chapati/roti,poori,idli,dosa,pongal,rotti(thalipeeth)....hmmm much more.I call it king of all recipes:-)

Today I will share the recipe of  Simple  Mixed vegetable sambar like the one's u get it in hotels like udupi,saravana bhavan,kamath,adigas..a few to note.

11/2 cup Toor dal
21/2 cup mixed  vegetables
1  big roughly cut tomato
11/2 Tbspn sambar powder ,click on the link for the recipe- sambar powder
1 Tbspn peanut(optional)
1/2 tspn jaggery
Tamarind big lemon size
2 pinch  turmeric
fresh/frozen grated cocnut 1 Tbspn.

tempering:1 tspn ghee,1/4 tspn mustard seeds,2 pinch asafetida/hing


1)Pressure cook Toordal,peanut with water and turmeric until 2 whistle  or until compeletely cooked .Some pressure cooker requires 3 whistle.Allow the cooker to cool down completely,if you are in a hurry put it down under running tap water.

3)Lets boil the mixed vegetables in water and salt until 3/4th done.I used greenbeans,chayote squash(seeme badanekai),carrot,radish,cucumber with skin(don't skip this),onion.

4)Soak tamarind in water for 20 min and squeeze out the juice.(u can also microwave tamarind and water for 2 min high and keep it in the freezer for 2 min and then squeeze out).Even use tamarind pulp if u have.

4)Mix cooked toor dal,boiled vegetables,sambar powder,4 string curry leaves,tomato.Adjust water.Bring it to boil for 5 min then add the tamarind juice, jaggery and boil it for 15 min in medium.

5)Next add 1 tspn ghee in a pan,add mustard seeds and allow it to pop then the asafetida .Add tempering to sambar.

I made Dosa Sambar for lunch today.
click here for Dosa recipe


  1. Any south Indain lunch is incomplete with Sambhar.. Good that u posted it :)

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