South Indian Sambar Recipe | How to make South Indian Sambar reicpe

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South Indian Sambar, staple recipe of all south Indian house, flavoured, textured, tasty sambar is really a challenging job. But this is not a rocket science secret to make a perfect tasty sambar.
Piping hot sambar are always the best idli or dosa. This is a basic recipe for beginners, There are so many methods to make sambar, this method never disappointed me. Sambar is a curry or gravy which accomplished with the main course meal.

A Sambar is a gravy prepared with cooked toor dhal and vegetables. Vegetables can be any of your choice, but recommended to use either a drumstick, brinjal, carrot. Thumb IMG 1565 1024


Recipe Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Category: Curry
Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook time: 45 mins | Serves: 2


Thoor Dhal 1/2 cup
Garlic 4-5 pods
Pearl onion a handfull
Tomato 2 medium sized
Drumstick 1 nos
Brinjal 2 nos
Potato 1 medium
Carrot 1 nos
Beans 3-4 pcs
Green chilli 2 nos
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Sambar Powder 1 tsp
Hing 1/2 tsp
Tamarind Water 1/4 cup
Coriander Leaves a handfull or 3-4 springs


Ingredients to temper

Oil 3-4 tsp
Mustard 1/4 tsp
Methi seeds 1/2 tsp
Hing 1/4 tsp
Red chilli 3-4 nos
Curry Leaves 2 spring



Wash and clean the vegetables, Chop the vegetable to even size
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Add enough water till they immerse, add some slitted green chillies..
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In the mean time pressure cook the thoor dhal with pearl onion, Garlic and Tomatoes.. release the pressure and mash everything..
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Cook the Vegetable till they turn soft..
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Once they done, add some tamarind water, Sambar powder, turmeric powder, Hing to the vegetables..
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Allow this to cook for 5- 8 mins.. cook till the masala smell goes off, add in the cooked dhal..
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Again bring this to boil for 10 mins in medium flame.
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Heat a pan with oil, Temper with Mustard, Methi seeds, Curry leaves, Red chilli powder, hing..
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Add the tempering to the sambar..
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Followed by a handful of cleaned chopped coriander leaves.
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    • You can add vegetable any of your choice..
    • i used homemade sambar powder, you use any of your choice, also you can adjust the spice level in sambar powder.. 
    • Only then the vegetables get cooked well add in the Tamarind water.. once you add tamarind water, vegetable took more time to cook..
    • Can add few crushed garlic in tempering part.. 

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