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south indian sambar recipe

South Indian Sambar Recipe For Rice

Sambar made using drumsticks, onions, tomatoes to be eaten with rice...
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 -6
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 -5 dried red chillies
  • 5 - 6 curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon 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 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ cups of toor dal/yellow lentils
  • 1 large lemon size tamarind extracted pulp
  • 1 tablespoon 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 teaspoon cumin seeds, add 1 teaspoon 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!!!



Nutrition Facts
South Indian Sambar Recipe For Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.