sambhar recipe
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Delicious Sambhar Recipe | Authentic South Indian Flavors सांबर रेसिपी


Sambhar is a popular South Indian dish known for its delightful blend of flavors and comforting qualities. If you’re craving a bowl of deliciousness that combines lentils, vegetables, and aromatic spices, you’re in for a treat! In this step-by-step guide to make a delicious sambar recipe, we will walk you through the process of making a flavorful sambhar recipe that will tantalize your taste buds. Let’s get started!

You can also see the delicious pasta recipe to combine with the south Indian mixture.


Here’s what you’ll need to make a sambhar recipe are:

– 1 cup toor dal (pigeon pea lentils), rinsed and soaked
– Assorted vegetables (drumsticks, carrots, beans, eggplant, pumpkin, etc.), chopped
– 1 small onion, finely chopped
– 2 tomatoes, chopped
– 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp
– 1 tablespoon sambar powder
– 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
– Salt to taste
– Water for cooking

– For the tempering:
– 2 tablespoons oil
– 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
– A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
– Curry leaves for garnish
– Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


How to make a Sambhar

1. In a pressure cooker or a pot, add the soaked Toor dal along with 3 cups of water. Cook until the dal becomes soft and mushy. Set it aside.

2. In a separate pot, heat oil over medium heat until it becomes hot. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle and release their aromatic flavors. Then add the cumin seeds, Asafoetida, and curry leaves. Stir for a few seconds until the aroma of the spices fills the air.

3. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.

4. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and mushy.

5. Now, it’s time to add the chopped vegetables. Stir well and cook for a few minutes until they slightly soften.

sambhar recipe
chopped vegetable closeup of onion green Chilli ladies finger tomato carrot pumpkin brinjal to add into the sambar recipe

6. In a small bowl, soak the tamarind pulp in warm water for about 10 minutes. Squeeze and extract the juice. Discard any solids.

7. Add the tamarind juice to the pot and mix well. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, and salt. Stir to combine all the flavors.

sambhar recipe
Tamarind Sauce used in a lot of Thai Cooking. Small bowl with a teaspoon inside it. Good for south Indian recipes or ingredients.

8. Pour in some water to adjust the consistency of the sambhar. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are fully cooked and the flavors have melded together.

9. Once the sambhar reaches the desired consistency, add the cooked toor dal and mix well. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

10. Check the seasoning and adjust if needed. If the sambhar is too thick, you can add more water to thin it out.

11. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves for added freshness and aroma.

sambhar recipe
South Indian famous dishes Rasam and Sambar

Your flavorful sambhar is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it hot with steamed rice, idli, dosa, or any other South Indian delicacies of your choice.

Tips for Variations:

– Feel free to experiment with different vegetables based on your preference and seasonal availability to make the authentic sambhar recipe upto the taste.
– You can also add a tadka (tempering) of ghee, mustard seeds, dried red chilies, and curry leaves for an extra burst of flavor.
– Adjust the spiciness of the sambar powder according to your taste preferences.

The spices we use to enhance the taste of your food

Now that you know the secret to making a delicious sambhar, embrace the flavors of South India in your own kitchen. Prepare this comforting dish for your family and friends, and let them savor the delightful combination of lentils, vegetables, and aromatic spices.

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