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Author vahchef Yield No Value
Published Oct 21, 2007 Cooking Time 1 hour
Recipe Type Veg-Main Preparation Time 30 min
Ingredient Dall Standing Time 1 hour
Description: Lentil based south Indian dish, slightly tangy to taste combined with a mix of vegetables, spices, and freshly ground sambar powder that gives a thumping aroma all over the house.

Recipe of sambhar

Ingredient Name Quantity Unit
Peppercorns 2 Tablespoons
Redchilli 6 Piece
Salt 1 To Taste
Rice 1 Tablespoons
Hing-asafotida 1 Teaspoons
Grated Coconut 1 Numbers
Ginger-garlic 30 Grams
Yellow Dal -toordal 1 Cup
Turmeric 1 Teaspoons
Tomatoes 200 Grams
Tamrind 40 Grams
Channadal 2 Tablespoons
Coriander Leaves 1 Bunch
Coriander Seeds 2 Tablespoons
Cumin 2 Tablespoons
Curry Leaves 1 Bunch
Garam Masala 2 Piece
Oil 4 Tablespoons
Onions 1 Large
Mustard 1 Tablespoons
Mix Sambhar Vegetables 300 Grams
Methi Seeds-fenugreek 1 Teaspoons
Jaggery Or Sugar 1 Tablespoons


  1. Sambhar masala - Heat heavy pan over medium heat, and add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns and coriander seeds, red chillies, rice channadal can also add little urad dal. Stir and roast for 3-4 minutes, reducing the heat if necessary to take care that the spices don't burn.
  2. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons oil and roast garlic, ginger, hing, turmeric. When they start to color continue roasting. Add the pan contents to the bowl and cool along with the spices. Add all to a grinder and make it into a fine paste.
  3. Sambhar making - Heat one teaspoon of the oil in a heavy pan, over medium heat, and add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, hing, red chillies (chef did not add but please do) cumin seeds. Add the shallots or big cut onions, turmeric powder, stir add curry leaves, chopped gr chillies and mix vegetables. Add tomatoes, tamarind juice and add water and cook till the vegetables are half done add sambhar masala - add half the qty and save the rest to use next time in fridge.
  4. When the vegetables are 3/4 cooked add mashed dal and cook for 30 min in slow flame. Nice fragrance of sambhar will spread all of your house add seasonings, sugar and finish of with coriander leaves enjoy with rice, idli,dosa.
Posted Oct 21, 2007

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May 19, 2014
Wonderful recipe, real South Indian delicacy, thanks

Mar 25, 2014
Thanks a lot Chef,I just love your South Indian recipes. I really appreciate your art of cooking. I am learning soooo much with you. Thanks again.

Preeti Diwan Apr 1, 2013
Is it just me or did the chef forget to add or mention when to add the daal in the sambhar in the video ?

Despite that great recipe... :)

Roshni Chandrasekar Nov 26, 2012
Thank you chef for the recipe. Tried it and came out perfect. True to word ur videos are very inspiring. My post of this recipe of how I made it is in my blog. Hope u will visit me

dr sunita chowdhary Sep 26, 2012
i made this sambhar powder followed by sambhar but it was far from satisfactory. it did not taste the usaual sambhar made by using averest sambhar powder. i wonder why? can you suggest something.

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