Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Kerala Style Sambar

Sambar is a lentil based dish common in South India. In Kerala the Sambar would contain different vegetables, which is similar to avial recipe. During one of our potlucks, one of my friend made this recipe and it tasted something similar to my mom makes. So instead of making an ISD call to get the recipe, I got the recipe from my friend. Here goes the recipe!!

What you need

  • Vegetables: Cooked potatoes, egg plant, drumstick, okra, and carrot (You can add any veggies you like)
  • Lime Size tamarind soaked in warm water
  • 1 cup toor dal pressure cooked with turmeric, mash the dal to a smooth paste.

Sambar Masala

  • Sauté handful of coriander seeds (4-5 tsp of coriander seeds), asafetida, and 4-5 red chilies in a pan without oil and keep aside. In the same pan sauté 4-5 tsp of shredded coconut until it turns to brown color.
  • Grind coriander seeds, asafetida, red chilies, coconut, and 1 tomato into a paste.


  • In a pan add oil; sauté mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and curry leaves.
  • Add handful of chopped shallots or pearl onions and sauté until it turns translucent.
  • Add the vegetable and little water and cover cook them for few minutes .Add the tamarind water and cook for few minutes.
  • Add the boiled potatoes, cooked dal, and sambar masala paste.
  • Mix everything and add required salt for taste. Cook in Medium heat for another 10 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • You can also add red chili powder as per your taste before cooking.
Serve hot with rice, idly, and dosa.


Blogger Prema Sundar said...

Hi Priya,
Sambar and Dosa is a favourite dish in our family. I make it once a week mostly on fridays. I make it a little different and its the only type i know.. I can try urs for a change sometime..Thanks for the recipe.

10:52 PM   Edit
Blogger Chandrika said...

Thanks for the recipe, Priya. This is a nice variation from the usual sambar I make...

11:09 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe Priya.

Can you read Tamil? If so, i have written a post about sambhar and my (and my families) love for it.

சாம்பார் புராணம்


11:14 PM   Edit
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Priya,
Sambar looks yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing..

1:50 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Priya, your sambar looks very tasty. I am experimenting a lot on sambars these days. Let me prepare Kerala sambar next time..thanks for sharing.

5:35 AM   Edit
Blogger Deepa Culinary World said...

Hi Priya,

This is Deepa from Chicago. This is first time I visited your site and I really liked your recipies and the way you presented them.

Recently, I also started blogging the items that I regularly cook at home.

When you get a chance, check it out.

9:18 AM   Edit
Blogger FH said...

Yo Priya B! sambar is so tempting, I am going pick some eggplants right away and start cooking.I am serious!!!
Right time to end the lives of my eggplants, we are expecting hurricane today!! How sinister? Well...better me than the hurricane get them , right? :D

1:10 PM   Edit
Blogger Sudha said...

Priya, sambar looks so yummy..thanks for the recipe..

1:46 PM   Edit
Blogger indianadoc said...

Oh priya,you too have a wonderful sambar here...somebody had asked me the recipe for it...i can perhaps now give u'rs and annita's link now...Well, i think we all have our individual difference in making sambar...interesting to know that even within kerala we make so many different varieties!!

5:07 AM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

hi priya ...tht`s a nice recipe tomorrow am going to make sambar...i have also tried the rice noodles recipe..its yummy!!!
thnx for sharing the recipe..
also chk my site..

3:01 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya, this sambar looks wonderful. Now the cooler weather is coming I will be trying it very soon. Thanks for the great recipe!

8:56 AM   Edit
Blogger FH said...

Made your sambhar, yummy !! No hurricane either!! YAY!!!!

12:10 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sambar and rasam are two dishes with so many variations in the spices and cooking process that every time I try a different recipe be the spice powder or veggies used, the taste is awesome.

I need to give your recipe a try, Priya.

Happy Onam! Have fun..:)

1:45 AM   Edit
Blogger Sumitha said...

Wishing you a very happy Onam Priya!

2:40 AM   Edit
Blogger indianadoc said...

Happy Onam to u too Priya!!

3:10 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish you a happy Onam Priya. Enjoy !!!

7:25 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm ..getting to see delicious lipsmacking dishes again....Btw,priya happy onam to you and family :)

8:01 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you a very happy Onam,Priya

7:38 PM   Edit
Blogger FH said...

Hey Priya! Just came back to say that I tried your Kerala Sambar, not only smelled delicious, tasted divine!! Simple recipe ,so much flavor!!Added onion,a green chilly in addition to your veggies..
I can bake 100s coffee cakes, cannot match the warm feeling you get when you cook something like your sambar! That is why I opened my blog in july,get genuine recipes like your's and share mine :D Thanks !!

5:52 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi priya, this is Rg again. Hope you had a wonderful onam. BTw, this sambar recipe reminded me of my mom. she makes exact same way but she adds a few fenugreek seeds and couple of curry leaves to the roasting list(sambar masala), otherwise pretty much the same. I've been making sambar without coconut for couple of years now as my hubby's folks don't add coconut to their sambar version:( but Y/day I couldn't resist, so I made your version(same as my mom's) and totally enjoyed the aroma and taste...thanks to you Priya. :)

8:40 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Thanks Prema, Chandrika, Mathy, MT, Shilpa, Sudha, linda, Sailaja, lera for dropping comments:)

Deepa, Welcome -- I have added to my list:)

Shynee-- True...even I saw Anita's version-her's was different from mine:) You can surely give our links...and put your version too:)

Priya, welcome to my blog- saw your blog-- you have great recipes there-will add my list soon:)

Hey Asha, thats is so sweet of you to write-- I am happy you liked my sambhar:)

Rg, I will add them to my sambhar masala as well:) Good to know the sambhar turned out well:)

10:46 PM   Edit
Blogger Kalpana Jeevan said...

Hey Priya,
Your recipes are the only fool-proof ones I find on the net. First thing in the morning, I open your blog. Your rasa-malai recipe earned was THE BEST.
Good work - Keep going and inspiring more desis like me.

8:22 AM   Edit
Blogger anoop said...

hi priya ,
this recipies are very useful 2 me.since i am a male new to cooking

12:47 AM   Edit
Blogger Rajan Nayyar said...

Dear Priya Ji,
I was going to try your recipe for Sambar.But I saw there is something missing down below after mashed ? Can you fix the error.I will appreciate for your help.
What you need

Vegetables: Cooked potatoes, egg plant, drumstick, okra, and carrot (You can add any veggies you like)
Lime Size tamarind soaked in warm water
1 cup toor dal pressure cooked with turmeric and mashed "?"

3:09 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hey Sukhirs,
Once the dal gets cooked in the pressure cooker, just mash them with help of a wooded whisk...thats what I meant...anyway I shall edit it:) thanks for letting me know:)

3:34 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi would be nice if u could devote a page dedicated to Glossary(Ingredient Transalations)as some of these these are in English..I am a bachelor from India and i find some eng terms confusing..thanks to all ur help.have a great day..

9:19 AM   Edit

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