Sambar

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.

Vengaya Sambar (Onion Sambar)
Onion, Sambar

Vengaya Sambar

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 served at every restaurant in South Indian and Sri Lankan states and also can be found in any restaurant that […]

Idli Sambar on a banana leaf
Sambar

Idli Sambar

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, and a few other kinds of cereal as well. Nowadays, people prefer making idlis from Semolina (Rava) as they also […]

Chettinad Kondai Kadalai Kuzhambu
Sambar

Chettinad Kondai Kadalai Kuzhambu

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 as they consist of garam masala made from freshly powdered spices and grated coconut. The Chettinad Kondai Kadalai Kuzhambu recipe […]

Karuveppilai Kuzhambu (Curry Leaves Sambar)
Sambar

Karuveppilai Kuzhambu

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 served with rice or as a side dish to pongal. Ingredients: Curry Leaves – 1/2 cup Shallots – 20 Pepper […]

Mathanga Erissery
Onam, Pumpkin, Sambar

Mathanga Erissery

Erissery is one of the popular and traditional recipes of Kerala. It is an important dish on the Onam Sadhya menu. Mathanga Erissery / Pumpkin Erissery is made using pumpkin and coconut. The dish can be served as a side dish or with steamed rice. Ingredients: Pumpkin – 1/4 kg […]

Drumstick Masala
Curries and Gravies, Drumstick, Sambar

Drumstick Masala

Drumsticks are a popular South Indian vegetable typically used in the preparation of Sambar. Scientifically known as Moringa Oleifera , they are rich in Iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They are very good for our nervous system. Serve with hot rice. Ingredients: Drumsticks – 3, cut into small pieces […]

Mango Kara Kuzhambu
Mango, Sambar

Mango Kara Kuzhambu

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: Mango – 1, ripe, diced Tamarind Extract – 2 cups Shallots (Sambar Onions) – 1/2 cup, peeled, chopped Green Chillies […]