Sambar Recipes

South Indian cooks are revered for their sambar cooking expertise and therefore homemakers and cooks around the world try to imitate the traditional South Indian sambar recipes. Different people have invented their own sambar recipes by experimenting with various ingredients, vegetables, spices, and herbs. However, the most used ingredients are dal, curry leaves, cumin, tamarind, coriander powder, black pepper, etc.

Sambar is usually served in the first course of a meal and is mostly eaten with plain rice. You can also have it with South Indian breakfast dishes such as idlis, dosas, utthappam, and much more. However, sambars do not go well with rotis and naans.

A perfect sambar is the one which tastes surreal and has a fresh aroma. It tastes the best when served hot and some people also like to have it with ghee and rice. Also, if you order a South Indian thali (dish) in any restaurant or hotel, then the whole authenticity of the dish will depend on the sambar.

Onions, tomatoes, brinjals, chickpeas, etc. are some of the commonly used veggies in the sambar recipes. Tamarind, grated coconut and drumstick are the key ingredients of an authentic South Indian sambar without which it is impossible to get that perfect taste.

Some sambar recipes also require buttermilk as an ingredient but you have to be careful while using it as overuse can spoil the entire taste and texture of your sambar. Sambars are not only delicious and aromatic but they are also packed with vital nutrients and vitamins. Therefore, you must include them in your diet without worrying about anything.

You might relish a bowl of sambar in a typical South Indian hotel or restaurant but the freshness of the veggies and ingredients used in them cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, it is advisable to enjoy homemade sambar with your relatives and friends.

Simple Sambar Recipes

  • Mathanga Erissery is one of the popular and traditional recipes of Kerala. It is an important dish on the Onam Sadhya menu. Mathanga Erissery or Pumpkin Erissery is a mild …

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a traditional South Indian sambar variety. Similar to North Indian Kadhi, this is made using curd/yogurt, it is very popular and quite easy to make. Served with …

  • Milagu Mor Kuzhambu is a delicious and healthy South Indian sambar variety made with buttermilk and spices. It is often served with steamed rice and a choice of vegetable side …

  • Vengaya means onion in the Tamil language. Onion Sambar is one of the most favorite dishes in South Indian states which is ideal for a healthy breakfast. It is commonly …

  • Idli is a popular South Indian dish which is loved and relished across the country. It is a typical dish made from batter prepared from rice, urad dal, Bengal daal, …

  • Chettinad cuisine is famous across Tamil Nadu and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are consumed with equal fervor and delight by the native Chettiars. Most of the recipes are spicy …

  • Karuveppilai Kuzhambu (Curry Leaves Sambar) is a South Indian sambar variety. Curry leaves has got a lot of health and medicinal properties. A delicious and healthy kuzhambu that can be …

  • A delicious, simple and easy to make Kara Kuzhambu using ripe mangoes. Popular during summer season and in parts of Tamil Nadu, this is best served with hot rice. Ingredients: …

  • A very healthy and tasty South Indian sambar variety. It is also a great home remedy for colds and is also given to new mothers. Ingredients: Curry Leaves (Karuveppilai) – …

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a very popular South Indian dish typically served with hot rice. This is a variation made with baby potatoes and is equally tasty as the original one. …

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a very popular South Indian dish especially in Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala with numerous local variations.  This variation is one of the most commonly made …

  • Pirandai is a popular ingredient in South Indian cooking. With numerous medicinal and health benefits, it is often used to make chutney or sambar. It’s botanical name is Cissus quadrangularis. …

  • This Palakkad style Sambar is a popular dish in Kerala especially during Onam. Made with an assortment of vegetables and coconut paste, this is best served with steamed rice and …

  • A delicious and authentic South Indian sambar variety. Steamed balls made of dal cooked in a gravy and served with hot rice. Ingredients: Onions – 400 gms, chopped Tomatoes – …

  • A traditional South Indian sambar variety with cumin. Best served with hot rice. Ingredients: Cumin Seeds – 1/4 cup Tamarind Extract – 2 cups Onions – 2, chopped, sliced Garlic …

  • Best served hot with rice. Ingredients: Brinjals (Aubergines) – 5, slit Onion – 1, big, finely chopped Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp Coriander Powder …

  • South Indian sambar with green banana. Serve hot with cooked rice and side dish of choice. Ingredients: Vazhakkai (Raw Banana) – 1, sliced Sambar Onions (Shallots) – 5 to 6, …

  • A simple and tasty sambar recipe. Use any vegetable of choice. Ingredients: Toor Dal – 1 cup White Radish (or Drumsticks) – 200 gms (or use any other vegetable of …

  • Knol Khol (or known as Kohlrabi or German Turnip) is rich in vitamins and dietary fiber. Ingredients: Tender Knol Khol – 3 Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Toor Dal – …

  • This is a popular recipe in South India. When mangoes are in season, enjoy the myriad varieties of recipes than can be made with them. Ingredients: Ripe Mangoes – 3, …

  • Ingredients: Toor Dal – 2 tblsp, boiled Onions – 2, finely chopped Drumsticks – 2, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp …

  • Ingredients: Coconut – 2 tsp, finely chopped Peanuts – 1/2 tblsp, dry roasted Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Rice Flour – 1 tsp Tamarind Extract …