Sambar is one of the popular south Indian recipe, the taste differ from their family and community. In our family we make 4-5 types of sambar, here is the recipe that we call it as hotel sambar. I learned this recipe from my mom, this sambar recipe goes well with all south Indian breakfast items and with plain rice too.

Let see the procedure,

[recipe title=”Sambar ” servings=”5-6″ time=”30mins” difficulty=”easy”]



Toor dal3 tbsp
Turmeric powderPinch
Tamarindlemon size

To grind:-

chana dal2 tbsp
Coriander seeds1Β Β½ tsp
Dry chilies6-7

Other ingredients:-

Ghee and oil1 tsp
Mustard seedsΒ½ tsp
Methi seeds15
Curry leaves1 sprig
Onionsmall 1
Drum stick1-2





First cook 3 tbsp of toor dal with pinch of turmeric powder along with enough water and cook in pressure cooker for about 6-7 whistle.

Soak small lemon size tamarind in the water and keep it aside.

Meanwhile dry roast 2 tbsp of chana dal, 1 1/2 tbsp of coriander seeds , 6-7 dry chilies and 1/4th coconut cut into small pieces, once the dal turn into golden brown switch off the flame and allow it to cool,now add the roasted ingredients in the mixer jar and grind it into smooth paste and keep it aside.
Place a thick bottom pan on a medium flame and add tsp of ghee and oil,once the oil is hot enough add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 15-20 methi seeds,few curry leaves and pinch of hing.

Now add 1 small onion chopped ,fry well.Add 1 -2 drumstick cut into 3 inch pieces and 4-5 brinjals, once again fry well ,now add the excess dal water in the veggies and cook till they are tender.

Now add 3 tomatoes roughly chopped, add water if needed and cook it again for a minute.Add cooked and mashed dal,tamarind extract,ground masala. Mix well adjust the consistency by adding enough water,adjust the salt as per your taste,cook for 2 minutes .
Garnish the sambar with coriander leaves and serve it with rice.


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