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Vegetable Sambar

  Toor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Kohlrabi 1 (knol khol)
  Chayote 1 (chow chow)
  Potato 1 Medium
  Onion 1 Medium
  Tomatoes 2
  Carrot 1
  Radish 1 (mooli)
  Beans 20 Gram
  Chana dal 1 Tablespoon
  Urad dal 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Red chillies 14 (or adjust according to taste)
  Cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Peppercorns 5
  Curry leaves 4 (few)
  Cilantro 1 Teaspoon (For garnishing)
  Coconut 4 Tablespoon
  Oil 5 Tablespoon (Preferably coconut oil)
  Fenugreek seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Tamarind paste 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste

1. Pressure cook dal and mash well.
2. Dice tomatoes, kohlrabi, chayote, potato,onion, tomato, carrot, radish and beans and pressure cook.
3. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan and add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
4. When they splutter lower the heat and add cumin seeds.
5. Now add channa dal and saute for about 10 seconds.
6. Now add urad dal and fry till light brown.
7. Add coriander seeds and saute for about 10 seconds.
8. Now add red chilli, peppercorns, 1/4 tsp asafoetida, turmeric powder, fenugreek seeds and finally coconut one by one.
9. Fry on a low flame till nice aroma comes out.
10. Allow it to cool and blend it to a nice paste by adding about half a cup of water and tamarind paste.
11. Now mix the dal, vegetables and ground paste together.
12. Add salt to taste and add just enough water to make it medium thick.
13. Bring it to a boil.
14. Now lower the flame, cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
15. Add cilantro for garnishing.
16. Heat oil in a separate pan and add remaining mustard seeds.
17. When they splutter, add curry leaves and remaining asafoetida.
18. Pour it over the gravy.
19. Serve hot with rice or idli.(If serving with idli, reduce the amount of vegetables).

Recipe Summary

South Indian
Main Dish
Holiday, Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Mixed vegetables cooked in spices

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 584 Calories from Fat 231

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g40.8%

Saturated Fat 7.3 g36.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 164.3 mg6.8%

Total Carbohydrates 75 g24.8%

Dietary Fiber 22.1 g88.6%

Sugars 12.4 g

Protein 21 g41.1%

Vitamin A 71.4% Vitamin C 258.7%

Calcium 19.6% Iron 38.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Ganesh.Dutta's picture
delicious recipe, but I want to know that what is the difference between vegetable sambher and general sambhar?
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thanks Ganesh....We prepare another sambar with okra, onions and tomatoes which we call Mor Kolambu...In the sambar which I have uploaded we can use different vegetables, that is why I called it vegetable sambar. I don't add okra to the vegetable sambar.
shantihhh's picture
This sounds wonderful! I bought one of those "cocktail sized" idli multi-trays and it is such fun to serve at parties in small bowls. I'll give this recipe a try soon. Love Sambhar! Shanti/Mary-Anne
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Cocktail sized idli....sounds interesting...
shantihhh's picture
The multi-tier idle pan is non-stick. I bought it here in the US but it is made in India. Very cute little idlis and you can serve them with toothpicks and people can just dip in Sambhar or Rasam as you like. Nice finger food for a party. Shanti/Mary-Anne
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Vegetable Sambar Recipe, Mixed Vegetables Cooked In Spices