south indian sambar recipe
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South Indian Sambar Recipe For Rice

Sambar made using drumsticks, onions, tomatoes to be eaten with rice...
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dal
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 5 -6
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Asiya


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 -5 dried red chillies
  • 5 - 6 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 medium sized onions thickly sliced
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes thickly sliced
  • 2 drumsticks cut into long pieces
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of toor dal/yellow lentils
  • 1 large lemon size tamarind extracted pulp
  • 1 tbsp sambar powder


  • Firstly, in a pressure cooker, add toor dal, a pinch of turmeric, 2 cups of water and pressure cook the dal well, reduce the steam, mash the dal well and rest it aside.
  • Take a cooking pot, add oil and heat it, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, add 1 tsp mustard seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Into it, add asafoetida, add fenugreek seeds, dried chillies, curry leaves, saute well.
  • Add the chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, drumstick pieces into it and mix well.
  • Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, mix and cook for about 2 minutes on sim flame.
  • Add 1 cup of water and cook the drumsticks for about five to ten minutes.
  • Add the mashed dal into the drumstick curry and mix.
  • Add tamarind extracted pulp into the sambar and stir well.
  • Add water as per requirement if the sambar is thick.
  • Add salt according to taste and add sambar powder.
  • Bring the sambar to a boil.
  • Serve hot with rice!!!



Calories: 200kcal