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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.

  • 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…

  • Ingredients: Green Peas – 100 gms Onions – 1 tblsp, finely chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Toor Dal – 1 tblsp, boiled Tamarind Extract…

  • Ingredients: White Pumpkin – 1 tblsp, chopped Toor Dal – 2 tblsp, boiled Turmeric Powder -1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Peanuts – 2 tsp, boiled Tamarind Extract –…

  • Ingredients: Toor Dal – 2 tblsp, cooked Vendhaya Keerai (Methi/Fenugreek) – 2 tblsp, cleaned, washed, chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Rice Flour – 1 tsp, mixed with little water…

  • Ingredients: Toor Dal – 2 tblsp Palak Keerai – 2 tblsp, finely chopped Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped Potatoes – 3, finely chopped Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Turmeric Powder…

  • Ingredients: Brinjals – 6, small, stems removed, quartered Sambar Onions – 10 to 12 Toor Dal – 1 tblsp Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Tamarind…

  • Ingredients: Onions – 2, finely chopped Tomatoes – 5, chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Saunf – 1/2 tsp Bengal Gram Dal – 1 tsp Peanuts – 1 tsp Coriander…

  • Ingredients: Sprouted Green Gram – 2 tblsp, cooked Onion – 1, finely chopped Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder…

  • Ingredients: White Chickpeas – 1 to 2 tblsp Onions – 1 tblsp, finely chopped Garlic – 10 to 20 cloves, peeled Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar Powder – 2…

  • Ingredients: Soya Beans – 1 tblsp, soaked for 4 hours Onions – 1 tblsp, finely chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Tamarind Extract – 1…

  • Ingredients: Toor Dal – 2 tblsp, boiled Baby Potatoes – 10, washed, boiled Onions – 1 tblsp, finely chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar…

  • Ingredients: Bitter Gourds (Pavakkai) – 2, finely sliced, seeds removed Toor Dal – 2 tblsp Bengal Gram Dal – 2 tsp Rice Flour – 2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2…