Wednesday, September 22, 2010



Toor Daal  –  1 cup

Water   –  4cups
Carrot  –  1 (cut)
Green Beans  –  1/4 cup (cut)
Lauki  – 1/2 cup (cubed)
Sal t –  to taste
Tamarind  –  1-1.5 tbsp or to taste
Asafoetida –  pinch
Turmeric Powder  –  1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder  –  to taste
Sambar Powder  –  4 tsp
Tomato  –  1/2 medium (cubed)
Oil + Ghee  –  1.5 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves  –  1 sprig
Coriander Powder  –  1 tbsp
Coriander Leaves  –  for garnish


1. Take 1 cup of toor dal .

2.  Wash and soak the Toor Daal for 30 minutes.

3 . Drain the water and put it in the Pressure cooker.

4. Add in the Carrots, Green Beans, lauki .

5. Add  4 cups Water  and Salt.

6 . Close the cooker, cook the Daal on medium heat, 1 whistle.

7. And allow the pressure to go down.
8 . Meanwhile, soak the Tamarind in 1/2 cup hot Wate and allow it to soften.

9 . Once safe, open the Pressure Cooker.

10.  turn the heat on medium again.
11 . Add in Turmeric Powder .

12. Add a  pinch of salt , asafoetida.

13. Add 1/2 the Chilli Powder, 1/2 the Sambar Powder.

14 . Mix and add chopped tomatoes.

15.  let the Sambar keep boiling.
16 . Mash the Tamarind so the juice/paste seperates from the fiber and the seeds.
17.  starin the juice into the boiling Sambar.

18.  Add the balance of the Water (1/2 cup or amount needed) to get the Sambar to the desired consistency.

19 . Allow it boil till the raw Tamarind smell has gone and the Tomatoes should also be cooked.
20 . For the seasoning, take a small skillet on medium heat and add in the Oil+Ghee.

21 . Once hot, add in Mustard Seeds and a pinch of Asafoetida.

22 . Allow the Mustard Seeds to pop and then add jeera.

23 . Then add in Curry Leaves and turn off the stove.

24 . Add i n the Red Chillie Powder, Sambar Powder, Coriander powder.

 and a little bit of water to avoid powders burning.

25 . Add to the Sambar.

26 . Mix and allow it to boil for another 2-3 minutes.

27 . Garnish with Cilantro/Coriander Leaves and it’s ready
Enjoy your hot hot sambhar with dosa, idly or hot rice.........................................


  1. Wow sambar looks spicy and delicious. Love it.

  2. Sambar looks yummmmm!!!! Love the step by step pics.

  3. Yummy sambar love with veggies anytime..

  4. Love the step by step process..

  5. Nice presentation sambar with soft idli...mmmmmmm thats divine...

    Tasty Appetite

  6. hello viju..i like ur blog as it contains many variety dishes...lovely presentation of sambhar..

  7. You hubby can eat this every single day! I am going to make this today :)