Sambhar recipe- a lentil based vegetable stew

Hey everyone, Welcome to foodbymama- a homemaker’s guide for those who love food and cooking and basically everything about it. I try using the simplest ingredients to create finger- licking recipes for my family.

Apologies for the late post- took me a while to spare some time amidst the little one’s mid terms and the navratris. So, the month of festivities has already started and honestly, this is the my most favorite time of the year- almost every other day of the month, you get to celebrate something or the other. And of course, with Diwali less than a month ahead (yayy!), I’ve already started with the preparations.

So this week, I turned to South Indian cuisine to break my food monotony. Had some toor dal with me which I love to make the regular way ( here’s the recipe) , so decided to go for sambhar this time. And for those who haven’t tasted it yet, do it now!! It’s such a fulfilling recipe in terms of flavor, there’s a complete burst of sweet to sour to tangy to salty in it! And of course really light for the tummy, it’s high on health quotient as well. Now, some make the sambhar masala from scratch, but majority of people including me use the packaged ready to use sambhar masala.

Here’s the complete recipe-



Toor dal-1 cup
Tamarind paste- 4-5 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida- 2-3pinch
Curry leaves- 6-7
Salt- to taste
Green chilli -2(chopped)
Jaggery- 2tbsp
Onion- 1(sliced)
Tomatoes- 3(pureed)
Carrots, drum sticks,  brinjal(chopped)-1 cup

How to make-

  1. Take dal in a pressure cooker and add all the vegetables along with salt,turmeric powder and water to it.
  2. Simmer the flame after and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Turn the flame off and mash the dal.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chili and chopped onions to it and sauté.
  5. Add tomato puree with asafoetida and sambhar masala and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add this mixture to the dal and cook for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves and serve.



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