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Aug. 17, 2013

Sambar is a traditional dish of South India cuisine. Here is a simple recipe for making this lip smacking delicacy.


Masoor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Red split lentils)
Water 1 7/100 Liter
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves 15 (10
For sambar
Tamarind paste 200 Gram
Cayenne pepper powder 1 Teaspoon
Asafoetida powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Fresh curry leaves 10 (8
Molasses 1/4 Teaspoon , grated
Eggplant 1 Small , cut into 4 halves
Drumstick 1 , cut into 1 inch pieces
Okra 4 , cut into 1 inch pieces (Ladies finger)
Salt To Taste
For the ground masala
Urad dal 1/4 Teaspoon (White gram lentils)
Coriander seeds 2 Teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 Teaspoon
Whole dry red chilies 2
Grated coconut 1 Teaspoon
Coconut oil 1 Teaspoon
For the tempering
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Fresh curry leaves 7 (6



For Dry Ground Masala:

1. In blender add white gram lentil, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilies, grated coconut, and coconut oil. Blend into a fine paste.


To Cook Lentil:

2. In a pan add water (800ml) and masoor dal (Red split lentils). Cover with a lid and let boil until the lentils become very soft and pureed.

3. Once the lentils are cooked and almost pureed, add fresh curry leaves, and turmeric powder. Stir well.

For Sambar:

4. In a separate bowl add tamarind paste, and water (250 ml). Squeeze the tamarind paste until the water changes color. Sieve the tamarind water into a pan.

5. Add cayenne pepper powder, asafetida powder, fresh curry leaves, and salt to taste.

6. Once it boils, add grated molasses and mix well.

7. Add eggplant, and drumstick pieces. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.

8. Add the cooked lentils and mix well. Let it come to a boil and then add ladies finger, dry ground masala (1 tsp), water (20 ml) and stir well. Pour the sambhar in a serving bowl.

For Tempering:

9. In a small pan add coconut oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.

10. Add fresh curry leaves, and dry red chilies. Pour the tempering into the bowl with sambar.


11. Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 95Calories from Fat 14

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 2 g3.1%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 35 mg1.46%

Total Carbohydrates 14 g4.7%

Dietary Fiber 6 g24%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 6 g12%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet