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  Chopped veggies 2 Cup (32 tbs) (carrots)
  Tomatoes 3 Medium
  Toor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Juice of tamarind pulp 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Sambar powder 3 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 , cut into long strips
  Green chillies 3 , slit lengthwise
  Dhaniya powder 2 Teaspoon
  Garam masala powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Hing 1 Pinch (Asafoetida)
  Coconut powder 2 Tablespoon
  Turmeric powder To Taste
  Chilly powder To Taste
  Salt 1
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 2 Teaspoon (jeera)
  Dried red chillies 2 , cut into inch size pieces
  Garlic pods 2 , crushed
  Ghee 1 Teaspoon

Boil veggies of your choice a keep aside.

Pressure cook Toor Dal, tomatoes green chillies & oniond for up to 4 whistles

Soak handful Tamarind in 2 cups of water. Keep aside.

Heat 1 tbs oil in a deep vessel. Add the boiled veggies & saute for a min

Add the pressured cook dal, tomatoes & green chillies & onions.

Add the soaked tamarind water. Throw away the tamarind once you are able to get all the juice from it.

Add 4 cups of water. Bring all the ingredients to 3 - 4 boils.

Add Sambar powder, dhaniya powder, garam masala powder & a pinch of hing.

Add salt, chilly powder & turmeric powder as per requirement.

For seasoning, heat 2 tbs oil & 1 tsp ghee in a shallow pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, garlic pods & curry leaves. Saute for 5 secs.

Add the above seasoning to the boiling sambar.

Add coconut powder if u like.

Boil for another 5 mins. ( The trick to making a perfect sambar lies in optimum boiling. You can keep checking the taste at intervals while the sambar is boiling. Once you feel that the sambar is tasting great, you can remove from stove.)

Serve Hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes

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kpratishnair's picture
I like the reicpe. I just wanted to make a suggestion here. If you avoid using garlic in sambar, it gives a much better flavour
Snigdha's picture
Thanks for the suggestion.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
yaah this sambhar is the main pillar of south indian cuisine .It is responsible for make Dosa and Italy tasty.good picture ...nice recipe!
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