Sambar / South Indian Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Sambar is a very popular dish in South Indian cuisine. Sambar with rice is one of the main courses in everyday South Indian meals. Sambar can be made with a wide variety of vegetables. Most commonly used vegetables are brinjal, drumstick, pumpkin, radish, onion, potatoes, carrots etc. The choice of vegetables is based on a personal liking and are optional.

It is served with steamed rice or even accompanied with idli, dosa.

Sambar/ South Indian Mixed Vegetable Sambar
Prep time             : 20 minutes
Cooking time      : 20 minutes
Total time            : 40 minutes
Servings     : 4
Category   : Main course
Cuisine      : South Indian
1 Cup toor dal
1.5 Cup mixed vegetables (green beans, carrots, drumstick, brinjal, potato,onion)
1 small chopped tomato
0.5 Teaspoon turmeric powder
0.5 Teaspoon red chili powder
1 Tablespoon sambar powder
1 Teaspoon mustard seeds
Small lemon size tamarind ball
Generous Pinch of asafoetida
2-3 Dried red chili
Few curry leaves
1 Tablespoon oil
Salt to taste
  • Soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes and extract 1.5 cups of tamarind juice and discard the pulp.
  • Wash and chop the vegetables given green beans, carrots, drumstick, brinjal, potato, and onion.


  • Pressure cook dal in 2.5 cups of water for 7-8 whistles on medium flame.
  • Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid and add the vegetables, salt, turmeric powder, and red chili powder. Mix well.
  • Pressure cook again for 1 whistle on medium flame. Once the pressure settles down, remove the lid.
  • Now, in a pan heat oil and add tomato, asafetida, sambar powder. Cook till oil separates.
  • Add tamarind water, mix well and allow it to boil.
  • Keep the cooker on the stove and add the tomato mixture to it. Mix well and simmer the sambar for 10-12 minutes on a low flame.
  • For the seasoning, in a pan heat oil and crackle the mustard seeds. Then add dried red chili and curry leaves.
  • Fry till the red chili changes its color.Pour the whole tempering in the steaming hot sambar.
  • Serve the vegetable sambar with steamed rice, idli and dosa.












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