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.

Karuveppilai Milagu Kuzhambu
Sambar

Karuveppilai Milagu Kuzhambu

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) – 1 handful Black Peppercorns (Milagu) – 10 to 12 Urad Dal – 3 tsp Toor Dal – 3 tsp Cumin […]

Mor Kuzhambu
Potato, Sambar

Baby Potato Mor Kuzhambu

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. Ingredients: Baby Potatoes – 500 gms Asafoetida Powder – 1/2 tsp Onions – 4 to 5 Fresh Buttermilk – 400 […]

Paruppu Urundai Mor Kuzhambu
Sambar

Paruppu Urundai Mor Kuzhambu

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 variation especially during weddings or special occasions. Paruppu Urandai (Lentil Balls/Dal Dumplings) are soaked and cooked in the Mor Kuzhambu. […]

Small Brinjals
Brinjal, Sambar

Chinna Kathirikai Kuzhambu (Small Brinjal Sambar)

Sambar is a popular South Indian dish made with various vegetables. This one using small brinjals is a popular variety and is typically served with hot rice and side dish of choice. Ingredients: Violet Brinjals – 10, small ones Tamarind Extract – 1 cup, not too thick and slightly watery Oil […]

Pirandai
Sambar

Pirandai Kuzhambu

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. In Hindi it is called Hadjod or Hadjora. In English it is called as Veld grape or Veldt grape or […]

Mor Kuzhambu
Onam, Sambar

Mor Kuzhambu

Mor Kuzhambu is a traditional and very popular South Indian sambar variety. Made using curd/yogurt, it is very easy to make and is quite delicious. Served with hot rice, this is made during festivals and special occasions. Ingredients: Curd – 2 cups White Pumpkin (or Okra/Bhindi) – 300 gms, chopped […]

Palakkad Sambar
Onam, Sambar

Palakkad Sambar

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 side dish of choice. Ingredients: Mixed Vegetables – 2 to 3 cups, chopped Toor Dal – 1 cup Tomatoes – […]

Paruppu Urundai Milagu Kuzhambu
Sambar

Paruppu Urundai Milagu Kuzhambu

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 – 1/2 kg, chopped Coriander Powder – 1 tblsp Red Chilli Powder – 1 tblsp Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp Salt […]

Jeeraga Kuzhambu (Cumin Sambar)
Sambar

Jeeraga Kuzhambu (Cumin Sambar)

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 – 10 to 12 cloves, peeled Sambar Powder – 2 to 3 tsp Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Jaggery – […]