Sambar Recipe|South Indian Sambar| Vegetable Sambar|Drumstick Sambar|ನುಗ್ಗೆಕಾಯಿ ಸಾಂಬಾರ್

img_9924Vegetable Sambar is a famous south Indian dish that tastes best eaten along with rice and idly.


For Pressure Cooking:

  • Water – 2 Cups
  • Toor Dal – 1 Cup
  • Green Chilli – 2 nos.
  • Garlic – 5 Cloves
  • Turmeric – a pinch

For Masala:

  • Cooking Oil – 5 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli – 2 nos.
  • Onion – 1 medium
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Tomato – 2 medium
  • Sambar Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Drumstick – 3 nos.
  • Potato – 2 medium
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt – to taste


Step 1: Pressure Cooking

Wash 1 cup toor dal thoroughly with water. In a cooker, add toor dal, 2 cups of water, 2 green chilies, 5 cloves of garlic and a pinch of turmeric. On a medium flame, pressure cook this until 5 whistles.

Step 2: Preparing Masala

On a medium flame, add 5 tbsp of cooking oil in a pan. After it becomes hot, add 1/2 tsp mustard, 1/2 tsp jeera and let them splutter. Now add 2 red chilies, a handful of curry leaves. Add 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped tomatoes and mix well. Close the pan lid and cook this till tomato softens. Add 1 tbsp sambar powder ( I have used MTR Sambar powder), 1/2 tsp red chili powder, salt and fry till raw masala smell goes. Add 2 cups of water and mix masala well. Add washed veggies i.e. chopped drumstick and potato to this masala. Cook till vegetables soften.

Step 3: Mixing

Now add the cooked masala containing veggies to cooked dal in a pressure cooker. Mix well. Let the sambar boil for 5 min.

Step 4: Serve Hot!

Serve the vegetable sambar along with rice and a tbsp of ghee.


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  • You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference
  • Tamarind juice can be used for more tanginess along with tomatoes
  • Instead of Drumstick and potato, you can add your favorite vegetable and follow the same recipe for cooking (i.e. beans, carrot, brinjal, Kohlrabi, etc.)
  • Sambar can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days