Tamilnadu Kuzhambu Varieties > Sambar Recipe

Sambar - 199 Calories in 1 cup of Sambar


Cuisine Style: South India | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | To Serve: 4 | Take with: rice | Type: Lunch Gravy


  • Tamarind - 1/2 lime sized ball
  • Toor Dal - 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Small dry red chilies - 5
  • Small onions - 5
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato - 1 Big
  • 1 cup of a vegetable of your choice like green beans, chopped carrot
  • Curry Leaves
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

To be ground

  • Bangalgram Dal - 2tbs
  • Coriander seed - 2tbs
  • Urd Dal - 2tbs
  • Dry Red chilli - 2tbs
  • Cocoanut piece - 1
  • Roast and grind into course. Keep it aside.


  • Choose a heavy cooking pot.
  • Wash and clean the Dal.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and add the Dal, turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of oil.
    As the Dal boils, skim off the foam and discard.
  • Boil until the Dal is soft and then mash it coarsely.
  • If needed, add more water as it is boiling but do not let it get too watery. If you use a pressure cooker it will take about 5 minutes.
  • In a pan heat the oil and pop mustard.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry till it turns golden brown.
  • Add green Chillis and fry for one minute.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes, vegetables.
  • Now add turmeric powder, Asafoetida, curry leave, salt and ground mixture
    Boil until raw smell goes off. Put some coriander leaves once it is cooked. It adds extra taste and smell.
  • Serve with rice


  • Sambar can be prepared without vegetables.


  • Appadam is the best side dish.

How this Sambar receipe is unique?

  • Instead of sambar powder fresh ground ingredients used.

I dont like it

You may also like these recipes

Kandi Kattu
Kandi Kattu

Dry roast Tur dal, Bengal gram, Red chili, Cumin seed and soak them in water...



Milagu kuzhambu
Milagu kuzhambu

Soak tamarind for 45 minutes. Dry roast and grind the following ingredients...



Vathal Kuzhambu
Vathal Kuzhambu

Vathal Kuzhambu and Srirangam are closely related. People of srirangam...



Kara Kuzhambu
Kara Kuzhambu

Dry roast (dont add oil for frying) fenugreek and grind to fine powder...



Mango Ice Cream
Mango Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of the most popular desserts in the world. The simple...