Easy to Make One-Pot Delicious Sambar

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Jul. 10, 2013

Sambar is reflective of a traditional South-Indian family. But today if you look around, every Indian irrespective of whether form the North, South, East or West of India, all love Sambar! Try this easy to cook one-pot Sambar recipe that I regularly cook!


Lentils and vegetables
Tur dal 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (Split Red Gram)
Onion 1 Medium , sliced
Potato 1 Medium , chopped in chunks
Brinjal 2 Medium , chopped in chunks
Ladys finger 5 Medium , cut into 1
Bottle gourd 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , cut into chunks
Drumsticks 1 Medium , cut into 1
Water 4 Cup (64 tbs) (Just enough to cover the vegetables in the pot)
The spices
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chili powder 2 Teaspoon
Coriander powder 8 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1 Pinch (Hing)
Sambar masala 2 Teaspoon (Optional)
Salt To Taste
Rest of the ingredients
Tamarind juice 1 Cup (16 tbs) (One heaped tbsp size tamarind soaked in 1 cup warm water)
Warm water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (To soak tamarind)
Tomatoes 2 Medium , chopped into chunks
For the seasoning
Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Dry red chilies 4 Medium
For the garnish
Coriander leaves 2 Tablespoon , chopped



1. Take some tamarind and soak in a cup of warm water for about 30 minutes.

2. Chop all the vegetables and set aside.

3. Wash and rinse dal (lentil) a couple of times and set aside.


3. Take a pressure cooker, put the dal and vegetables (except tomatoes) into it along with water. Cover and cook until you hear 2 whistles of pressure release.

4. After the pressure cooker has cooled, uncover it and add all the spices into the cooked vegetable stew.

5. Take the soaked tamarind, using your fingers squeeze out all the pulp into the warm water used for soaking. Discard the solids and pour the pulp into the stew.

6. At this point, add the tomatoes, stir well to mix everything. Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

7. In a separate pan, heat some oil (to season the sambar), add mustard seeds and dry red chilies. Fry for about 30 seconds. Pour this seasoning along with the oil into the sambar.

8. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.


9. Serve hot with steamed rice as a side dish for a meal, or with vada, dosa or idli for breakfast.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 182Calories from Fat 58

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g10.8%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 98 mg4.08%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.7%

Dietary Fiber 8 g32%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 8 g16%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet