sambar recipe | south indian sambar recipe | vegetable sambar recipe

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sambar recipe | south indian sambar recipe | vegetable sambar recipe with detailed photo recipe. basically a lentil soup mixed with choice of vegetables and specially prepared spice powder known as sambar powder.
south indian sambarsambar recipe | south indian sambar recipe | vegetable sambar recipe with step by step photo recipe. sambar or sambhar is a lentil based stew mixed with vegetable and tamarind juice. once the lentil soup comes to a boil, it is then mixed with spice powder known as sambar powder. also, sambar is incomplete without vegetables. while any vegetables can be added to sambar. however, drumstick is a must in any south indian sambar recipe. furthermore, the sambar soup is then tempered with the tempering agents, before serving it with rice.

probably sambar was my dish i learnt to prepare after my marriage. while i was staying with my parents, i use to hardly cook. well i can say that i knew the basics before my marriage. i used to spend most of my time in kitchen chit chatting with my mother. she use to teach me with all the recipes and techniques. perhaps, she knew what was coming for me after marriage. my mother use to stress one main thing for any recipe. all the recipes are combination 4 different tastes. basically, balance the sourness, sweetness, salt and spiciness of any dish.

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however, things were not that difficult for me once i got married. my husband was already a great cook and he knew to prepare sambar recipes. he was able to manage with any dishes, especially with south indian recipes. living in australia and being a vegetarian, had taught him to prepare most of indian recipes. to be honest, i was really surprised to know that he use to prepare idli, dosa and sambar during his bachelor days. even today, my husbands friends praises him a lot for his culinary skills.

finally, i would like to highlight my other sambar recipes collection and south indian recipes. particularly, hotel style sambar for idli and dosa, malabar spinach sambar, gobi sambar, tiffin sambar and drumstick sambar. also, do have a look at my other south indian rasam recipes collection too. specifically, tomato rasam, coconut milk rasam, kokum rasam, beetroot rasam and horse gram rasam.

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sambar recipe | south indian sambar recipe | vegetable sambar recipe
 
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easy sambar recipe
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: south indian
Serves: 2-3 servings
Ingredients
for pressure cooking:
  • ½ cup toor dal
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cups water
vegetables:
  • 10 drumstick pieces
  • ¼ onion, cubed
  • ½ tomato, roughly chopped
  • 7 pieces brinjal / eggplant
  • ½ carrot, chopped
  • ½ potato, chopped
other ingredients:
  • ½ lemon sized tamarind
  • 1 tsp jaggery or sugar
  • 2 green chilli, slit
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp sambar powder, home made udupi style sambar powder
tempering ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil / any cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ¾ tsp urad dal
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch of hing
Instructions ( 1 cup =255 ml)
  1. firstly, in a pressure cooker add ½ cup of toor dal with 2 cups of water. also add pinch of turmeric. pressure cook it for 5 whistles.
  2. meanwhile, in a small bowl take small half lemon sized tamarind and soak in water.
  3. also, prepare and chop veggies like carrot, eggplant, drumstick, onions and tomatoes.
  4. now, in a large kadai take the tamarind water.
  5. to that add 1 tsp of jaggery/sugar along with green chill, salt and turmeric powder.
  6. furthermore, add all the chopped vegetables to same mixture.
  7. meanwhile, once the dal is cooked mash it well.
  8. after 10 minutes, the vegetables should be cooked properly.
  9. now add the mashed toor dal and bring it to boil.
  10. add 2 tsp of sambar powder.
  11. mix the sambar powder and bring it to boil.
  12. prepare the tempering by heating urad dal, mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves and red chillies.
  13. add the tempering to the freshly prepared sambar.
  14. finally, sambar is ready.


sambar recipe | south indian sambar step by step photo recipe:

  1. firstly, in a pressure cooker add ½ cup of toor dal with 2 cups of water. also add pinch of turmeric. pressure cook it for 5 whistles.
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  2. meanwhile, in a small bowl take small half lemon sized tamarind and soak in water.
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  3. also, prepare and chop veggies like carrot, eggplant, drumstick, onions and tomatoes.
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  4. now, in a large kadai take the tamarind water. to that add 1 tsp of jaggery/sugar along with green chilli.
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  5. also, add salt to taste to the same tamarind mixture.
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  6. additionally, add ½ tsp of turmeric powder to tamarind water.
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  7. furthermore, add all the chopped vegetables to same mixture. cook the vegetables with the tamarind water for about 8-10 mins.
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  8. meanwhile, once the dal is cooked mash it well.
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  9. after 10 minutes, the vegetables should be cooked properly.
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  10. furthemore, add the mashed toor dal and bring it to boil.
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  11. once it starts to boiling, add 2 tsp of sambar powder. i have used homemade sambar powder, but you can also use store bought sambar powder.
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  12. mix the sambar powder and bring it to boil. after 2 boils switch off the flame.
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  13. prepare the tempering by heating urad dal, mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves and red chillies.
  14. also add the tempering to the freshly prepared sambar.
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  15. finally, sambar is ready. serve with hot steamed rice with papad.
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notes:

  • firstly, okra or ladies finger can also be added to sambar recipe.
  • in addition, you can also add finely chopped radish.
  • furthermore, cook the vegetables well before adding dal and sambar powder.
  • finally, make sure to boil the sambar after adding sambar powder.

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Hebbar's Kitchen is all about Indian veg recipes. This blog is managed by me Archana and my husband, Sudarshan. I try to post my recipes with simple & easily available ingredients from kitchen. These posts are usually supported by short videos and photo recipes. Learn interesting recipes and share your feedback, as your feedback means a lot to me.

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