Wednesday, November 11, 2009


My first attempt at sambar ended up in the garbage. I still do not know what the real problem was.Only guess is that I didn't boil it enough because of which the spices were not cooked properly. Don't worry , I have made sambar successfully, umpteen number of times after that :-) I know everyone makes sambar in a different way . This is not the authentic recipe, just my delicious version.



Brinjal-2 one inch pieces
Snake gourd- 3 one inch long pieces
Ash gourd/winter melon- 2 one inch long pieces
Ivy gourd- 2-3
Carrot-1 small
Drum sticks- 4-5 pieces

Ladies finger/okra-4-5
Sambar onion(shallot)-8-9 small

Tamarind juice- 2-3 Tbsp
Salt- To taste
Oil-2 tbsp
Toor daal- 1 cup
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder- 2 tbsp
Asafoetida-1/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder- 1 tbsp
Shallot- thinly sliced for seasoning
Mustard-1/4 tsp
Red chillies(cut into halvs)-3-4
Curry leaves-1 sprig



1.Cut the vegetables into cubes.
2.You could cook daal along with vegetables in a pressure cooker or separately as I do. This is just because we love to see the daal in sambar. I put daal and pour water, salt and turmeric powder. Then keep a separater and take veggies in a bowl and keep in the cooker with just enough water to cook and little bit of salt.
3.When you cook veggies add all except okra, sambar onion and tomato.
4.Saute the cut okra in a pan. Once it is done you can add tomato and saute that too.This is up to you. You could add it directly without sauting, if you like it that way
5.Once the veggies and daal is done (I cook them both together for 2 whistles), take out the daal and keep it aside. Add the sauted okra, tomato, sambar onion and Sambar powder,Asafoetida and mix well.
6. Boil this for 5-6 minutes and add tamarind juice and Cook for 10 minutes.Add daal and cook for 4-5 minutes.
7. Do the seasoning with mustard, shallots chillies and curry leaves. To this add the coriander powder and chilli powder and saute for a minute.
8. Add this mixture to sambar and boil again for 4-5 minutes.
9. Serve hot with rice, Pappad and thoran of your choice.


Contributor :Namitha


  1. aha! im the lucky one to post first. i know what im gonna make tomorrow for lunch- SAMBHAR! looks delicious and pics are so awesome! good job nami!

  2. Sambar looks delicious..
    Nice pic too...

  3. Yum Yum ur sambar has come out wonderfully delicious.Can I have a small taste of it from the plate with papad?

  4. Looks perfect Nami!! Wish to have a taste of that delicious looking sambar!!

  5. Your version is surely a delicious version..Looks tempting

  6. This looks so good! It's a symphony of flavor and ingredients. I am truly loving your collective blog. There is always some to try. Many thanks...

  7. This according to me is a perfect sambar recipe.We call kadabam sambar.Kadambam means variety of vegetables.your sambar rocks!

  8. Liked this coconut free sambar..easy amd yummm..........

  9. Yummy sambar.....very true, it goes well with rice & thoran....Just love it..Nice click.

  10. This is great. It's interesting how small differences in cooking style also makes a difference in taste inspite of using the same ingredients... Thanks for sharing your method

  11. Wot great clicks Namitha..
    Wot version of DSLR r u using???
    Ur Sambar looks even more nice with ur click...
    I had not labelled Sambar Powder n Rasam Powder , when I had started cooking after marriage. I used to add them interchanged.. My Sambar wud taste like Mixed Veg Rasam and vice versa...

  12. Lovely click and delicious sambar...i just had it today mrg with idli...ur version of sambar is also a good one...

  13. Lovely pics dear...In my version I saute the veggies and then add daal and spices and pressure cook together.Like Suni said,even little variations in the cooking process and its as if its a new dish all together.Next time ,I am trying ur version.

  14. Delicious one!I love the last pic:)

  15. sambhar looks so perfect...spicy n yummy ..just love the last pic...wanna grab tht plate.

  16. perfectly delicious..and yes everybody have their own versions of sambar, by choice or chance!!

  17. Looks delicious..Ur version sounds gr8 time will try this.perfect combo with rice...Love it.:)Nice click :D

  18. Sambar looks thick n it's of great color.

  19. Sambar looks thick and delicious...Sambhar rocks!

  20. Looks like a major success!!! Very tempting, Yum!

  21. wow - what a yummy sambar! Looks delicious...

  22. wow ur sambar looks delicious..

  23. wow good attempt.sambar looks very yummy and u clicked it very nicely.
    the platter with sambhar ,rice and pappad is inviting.

  24. Thanks everybody..
    @cooking experiments: Thanks for the info, hearing this name for the first time :-)
    @Sandhya: I have a canon rebel XS :-)

  25. Oh how I love this South Indian classic sambar! It looks delicious! I want to drink it up!

  26. Nice post, delicious sambhar and very beautiful click.

  27. Sambar is my all tim fav comfort food, urs looks nice thick!

  28. Endayalum adipoli thanne..Nalla choodu chorum koodi undaengil super..

  29. Dear Gulmohar
    Very nice, I like that 2 tbsp , coriander powder over and above the sambar powder..I am a novice in South Indian dishes..I dont think there is any authentic sambar recipe, except broadly for the regions, kerala, Udipi, TN etc.
    best wishes

  30. The spread looks so heavenly! I love sambar with lots of veggies too! ur clicks are angelic :)

  31. Manju,

    Do send samples of your cooking adventures to HSBC!

    - Hungry people at Halbis :)

  32. Awesome clicks...looks too tempting!

  33. Thanks a ton...:-)
    Ushnish, You are right.Nobody knows what is the authentic one.
    Divya, I guess you are Manju's friend. We are a small group of friends in this blog..I would be happy to send some samples as well :D

  34. Mix veg Sambhar,my favorite one,Easy & comfort food


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