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Vegetable Sambhar

Sambhar- Tangy and flavorful pigeon pea and mix vegetable stew- specialty from Southern India
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Lunch box Recipe, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian Cuisine
Keyword: SAMBAR, sambhar
Servings: 6
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 1 cup Pigeon peas/ Tuvar daal
  • 3 tbsp Sambhar powder
  • 2 tbsp Jaggary/ gur
  • 2 tbsp tamarind/ imli
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh coconut optional
  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric/ haldi
  • 2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 cup Tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger/ adrak
  • 10 Curry leaves

vegetables to add

  • 1 Drumstick/ Sehjan phali
  • 3/4 cup Bottle gourd/ lauki chopped
  • 3/4 cup Brinjal chopped
  • 3/4 cup Okra / bhindi chopped

Tempering/ Tadka

  • 4 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds/ Rai
  • 3/4 tsp White lentil/ urad daal
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds/ Methi dana
  • 4 Dried red chilies
  • 1/2 TSP Asafoetida/ hing
  • 10 Curry leaves


  • Wash and soak tuvar daal for 20 minutes.
    Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water and then mash it well and remove the fibre and seeds and keep aside the pulp
  • Peel drum sticks and make 2 inch long pieces.
  • Now add the soaked daal along with the water and 1 tsp of oil in a pressure cooker.
  • Add little extra water if needed,the water level should not be more than 1 inch above the dal,otherwise it will spill out.
  • Pressure cook for 3-4 whistle or cook till it become soft and mushy.
  • Now open the cooker and mash it well with a whisk.
  • Heat about 4 tbsp of oil in a cooking pan and add chopped okra and stir fry till they become golden.
  • Remove the okra from the pan and keep aside.
    Now add all the tempering ingredients in the pan and cook till mustard start crackling and urad dal become golden
  • Now add chopped bottle gourd and brinjal cubes(or any vegetable you want to add in the sambhar) and stir fry for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder,chili powder,sambhar powder,tamarind water,chopped tomato and 1.5 cups of water.
  • Let this mixture boil on medium heat for 5-6 minutes.
    Add mashed daal , 4 .5 cups of water, jaggary/gur, salt, ginger,chopped drum sticks and curry leaves.
  • Let it simmer for about 30 minutes on low flame.
  • Add stir fried okra/bhindi and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Now add grated fresh coconut and fresh coriander and give it a boil.
  • Serve hot with idli, dosa or steamed rice.


1- Sambhar masala-You can either make fresh sambhar masala or use any good brand of readymade sambhar powder,but the addition of this flavourful sambhar masala is a must.there are so many good brands of readymade sambhar powders available in the market to choose from.
2-Vegetables– Selection of vegetables and their quantity depends on personal choice and taste,I have added my favourite vegetables but you can also add yellow pumpkin, raddish, cauliflower, french beans, cluster beans/guvar,capsicum, carrot or any vegetable of your choice.
3-* Addition of jaggary and fresh coconut is optional,but jaggary gives a wondeful taste to sambhar,so do try it once.
4- Thickness of sambhar- if you want to serve it with idli then make it little thin and if you want to serve it with dosa or steamed rice then make it medium thick or depends on your personal choice.