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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sambar Recipe using sambhar podi

Just posted the recipe of Sambhar podi, so thought will post the recipe for Sambhar using sambhar podi too. I have already posted a recipe of Sambhar which does not use the Sambhar powder. Each is different and unique on its own way. I really don't know how we south Indians can survive without sambhar. Yesterday made some drumstick sambhar and Idlis for breakfast, everything disappeared in minutes, literally.My family just loves sambhar.. Here is the recipe

easy sambar recipe

What are the ingredients needed?

Toor Dhal, 1 cup
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Tomato, 2-3 nos(depending on the size)
Drumstick/Radish or any other vegetable of your choice (chopped), 1 cup
Tamarind, small lemon size
Oil, 2-3 teaspoons
Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Onion(sliced), 1 no.
Curry leaves a sprig
Turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida, a pinch
Sambhar powder, 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Cilantro, to garnish

Sambar recipe using sambar podi

How it is made?
  1. Pressure cook Toor dhal with garlic and tomatoes. Mash them.
  2. Steam the veggies till they are cooked but take care not overcooked, then they will turn mushy.
  3. Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice and discard any seeds, fibers and other stuff that doesn't dissolve in water.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when they crack, add sliced onions and curry leaves and saute till the onions turn golden brown.
  5. Then add the steamed vegetables, turmeric powder, asafoetida, sambhar powder and cook for few minutes.
  6. Then add the mashed toor dhal , extracted tamarind juice and mix well.
  7. Check the consistency of the sambhar, if needed add more water and adjust  and now add required salt and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  8. Once it is ready, turn off the heat, garnish with cilantro and serve.


  1. Divs super you did sambar from scratch must learn from you :) idly and sambar for breakfast not bad huh living abroad and cooking indian breakfast

  2. Love this flavourful sambar with homemade sambar podi,comforting food for me.

  3. Perfectly made Sambar from the scratch!! Tempting click too :)

  4. Sambar looks perfect and delicious

  5. Love idli and sambar...Its just a perfect match...Making it with homemade sambar powder makes it a flavor packed dish...

  6. delectable n delicious sambar.. liked your clicks :)

  7. wow yummy sambar,loved it always...

  8. I just need spoon, I literally drink sambar always. all time favorite.

  9. I'm making this right now! Can't wait to see how it turns out. My 1st time making everything from scratch, so excited because my husband loves dosa! In your recipe, at what point do you add the steamed veggies in the sambhar?

    1. Dear Anonymous, Sorry missed about mentioning the addition of steamed veggies. Now have corrected that in the recipe. Do try this and let me know how it turns out.


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