Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kerala Sambar / Kerala Style Sambar

Sambar is a vegetable stew made with tamarind and toor dal, and  sambar is very popular in the southern regions of India especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Each state in the South prepares sambar with a typical variation, adapted to its taste and environment. Today I am sharing Kerala Sambar recipe. This is my mom's recipe.I love to have sambar with Dosa.


Chopped vegetables 
( Carrot , Brinjal , Cucumber , Drumstick , Potato, Tomato , Ladies Finger , Plantain , Yam , Pumpkin etc )  ~ 3 cups 

Onion ~ 1 No
Green chillies ~ 3-4 Nos ( Split lengthwise )
Toor Dal / Thuvara Parippu ~ 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup
Tamarind ~ 1 lemon sized
Coriander powder ~ 2 1/2 tbsp
Chilly powder ~ 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder ~ 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder (Uluva ) ~ 3 pinch
Cumin powder ~ 1 pinch
Mustard seeds
Dry red chillies ~ 2-3 Nos
Shallots ~ 2-3 Nos
Curry leaves ~ 1 stem 
Asafoetida powder ( Kayam ) ~ 2 pinch 
Chopped Coriander leaves ~ 1/4 cup ( Optional )


  • Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of water for 15-20 minutes and squeeze the juice out of it.
  • Wash the toor dal nicely and then pressure cook the toor dal by adding enough water and little salt for about 1-2 whistles. Wash and chop the vegetables and onion to medium sized pieces. 
  • Then pressure cook chopped vegetables, chopped onions , green chillies , little salt and tamarind juice by adding 2 cups of water. Just 1 whistle is enough and Release the pressure immediately.(Note: You can even cook the vegetables in a sauce pan)
  • Then heat little oil in a large vessel and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds crackle, add dry red chillies. Then add shallots ,curry leaves and coriander leaves (Optional ). When shallots become brown in color, add coriander powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder, fenugreek powder and cumin powder and fry till the raw smell of the powders go.

  • Then add cooked vegetables and cooked toor dal and simmer in a medium-low flame till the sambar reaches your desired consistency. Add asafoetida powder before removing from the flame

Have sambar with Rice / Dosa / Idily / Vada. 



Soumya said...

delicious and flavorful sambhar...

indianmakeupways said...

thanks for the recipe. i have never tried putting tamarind juice. will try it next time

Jaisy James said...

delicious i love sambar very much with idli/dosa

tobias cooks! said...

I love what you cook. I have to look out to find all the great spices you use.

cocina-dos said...

Excelente!!! FotografĂ­a maestra

Pushpa said...

Yummy and flavorful sambar.

BeenaShylesh said...

delisious sambar dear...

Nithu Bala said...

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Padhu Sankar said...

Delicious and flavorful sambar

Nitha said...

delicious sambar...

anjana said...

very nice sambhar - thank you very much !

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