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Kerala Sambar

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Kerala Sambar is different from the typical Sambars made in the other South Indian states. Kerala Sambar is made using a mixture of different vegetables whereas the other sambhar is made using a single vegetable. It is an excellent curry with rice or with idli and dosa. Visit my website for more recipes !!!
  Mixed vegetables 4 Cup (64 tbs), cut into medium sized pieces - 3-4 cups
  Sambar parippu/Tuvara parippu 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (sambar/toor dal)
  Sliced onion 1 Medium
  Green chillies 2 , slit
  Garlic pods 5
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Tamarind 1 Large
  Chopped coriander leaves 2 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 2 Teaspoon
  Sambhar powder 3 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Red chillies 3
  Curry leaves 1 Teaspoon
  Shallots/Pearl onions 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), diced
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch (kayam)
  Oil 3 Tablespoon
  Water 100 Milliliter
  Salt To Taste

1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker and saute the sliced onions, garlic and green chillies for 2 minutes.
2. Next add the diced vegetables and dal along with salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and cover the pan and pressure cook on medium flame up to 2 whistles. (For pressure cooking, add enough water so as to cover the vegetables)
3. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water for sometime, squeeze and take the extract from it. Keep aside.
4. When the dal and vegetables are done, remove the lid of the pressure cooker and add in the tamarind juice. Stir and simmer on low flame for some more time and add more salt if needed.
5. Add chopped coriander leaves and and sprinkle asafoetida powder and simmer for 2 more minutes. Remove from flame and keep aside.
6. Heat oil in a wok and allow mustard seeds to splutter.
7. Add shallots, red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
8. Mix in the sambar powder, coriander powder and chilly powder and fry for 2 minutes on low flame.
9. Now pour the sambar to the wok and mix well for a few minutes. Remove from flame and keep aside.

Sambar Masala is a mixture of the following:-

Red chilly powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin powder, Turmeric powder, Fenugreek powder

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Recipe Summary

Main Dish
Onam, Vishu
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
The vegetables mostly added to Sambar are the following :- * Potato * Plantain (Vazhakka) * Yam (Chenna) * Carrot * Drum Sticks (Muringakka) * Okra/Lady’s Finger (Vendakka) * Beans * Sambar Cucumber (Velarikka) * Ash Gourd (Kumbalanga) * Ivy Gourd (Kovakka) * Tomato * Pumpkin (Mathanga) * Brinjal (Vazhuthananga) You can make your Sambar with whatever vegetable you can grab from the above list.
Mixed Vegetable Curry

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 281 Calories from Fat 79

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.9%

Saturated Fat 1.1 g5.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 181 mg7.5%

Total Carbohydrates 41 g13.6%

Dietary Fiber 8.1 g32.5%

Sugars 8.6 g

Protein 9 g18.8%

Vitamin A 46.6% Vitamin C 42.3%

Calcium 12% Iron 10.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Sanghi's picture
Excellent recipe! Good detailing too! Thanks for the post. Love to taste it, will surely try out.
Sanghi's picture
I cooked this sambar today. Excellent flavour while cooking itself. I was tempted to taste in middle, turned out well. Thanks for this wonderful kerela sambar.
tanya3286's picture
very nice. we often had sambar at our place but the recipe needed to be revived. will try this very soon!! i love the flavor of sambar..its sooo refreshing :)
Anonymous's picture
can you show the picture of each ingredients? because im a filipina who wants to try your dishes but if i will go to market and buy the stuffs, i dont know how it looks like. pls reply :-)
Anonymous's picture
Hi there! Best would be you do a google search for images with the names given in the ingredients. I also do the same when I really have no clue how the ingredient looks like and in most cases it works just fine. Try this out, you would be able to get the pics of all ingredients you want to make this recipe! :)
sambar lover's picture
I tried cooking sambar several times it never turned out well. All the recipes that I came across made it too complicated. Your recipe is much simpler and the way you way you add the fried masala at the end, is the key I think. The sambar was very tasty. I have made this 3 times already with different combinations of veggies( the first time I slightly over cooked them but it was still good!) I have tried it with brinjal, beans, taro, potato and even bitter gourd. Thanks for sharing.
Samina.Tapia's picture
Hi sambar lover, you must try this one too, it is delicious and really easy to prepare.
Kerala Sambar Recipe, Mixed Vegetable Curry