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

  • 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 …

  • Ingredients: Chow Chow – 1, peeled, chopped Toor Dal – 2 tblsp, boiled Coconut Milk – 1 tblsp, thick Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 2 tsp Coriander …

  • This hotel style Tiffin Sambar is served as a side dish with Idli, Dosa, Vadai or Pongal. Ingredients: Onion – 1, finely chopped Tomatoes – 4, finely chopped Fenugreek Seeds …

  • Ingredients: Mushrooms – 1 cup, cleaned, washed, chopped Garlic – 4 cloves Tamarind – a small lemon sized ball Sambar Onions – 1/2 cup, peeled, chopped Tomatoes – 2, chopped …

  • Ingredients: Green Chillies – 10, washed, slit Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp Oil as required …

  • Ingredients: Small Onions (Sambar Onions) – 1 cup, finely chopped Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Green Chillies – 2, chopped Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp Jaggery – little (optional) Oil …

  • Ingredients: Vazhaithandu (Banana Stem) – 1 medium size, cleaned, washed, sliced Toor Dal – 50 gms, cooked Radish (Mullangi) – 2, chopped Sambar Onions – 4, chopped Turmeric Powder – …

  • Ingredients: Sorakkai – 1 cup, chopped Curd – 2 cups, thick Turmeric Powder – a pinch Sugar – 1 tsp Salt as per taste Grind together: Toor Dal – 2 …

  • Ingredients: Garlic – 1/2 cup, peeled Manathakkali Vattral – 6 tsp Tamarind Extract – 1/4 cup Jaggery – little Vengaya Vadagam – 1 tsp Gingelly Oil as required Turmeric Powder …

  • Pirandai/Perandai (Cissus quadrangularis) is commonly known as Veldt Grape or Devil’s Backbone and is part of the grape family. It is rich in Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium. Generally given to new …

  • Ingredients: Mulai Keerai (Spinach) – 1 bunch, cleaned, chopped Vallarai – 1 small bunch Kothu Kadalai (Kabuli Channa) – 25 gms, soaked and boiled Toor Dal – 100 gms, boiled …

  • Ingredients: Toor Dal – 1 cup, boiled Onion – 2, chopped Green Chillies – 2, chopped Tomatoes – 4, chopped Athikai (Unripe Fig) – 1 cup, tender, cleaned, washed, halved …

  • Ingredients: Garlic – 10 cloves, peeled Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Sambar Onions – 5, peeled Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp Oil as required Mustard Seeds – little Curry Leaves …

  • Ingredients: Toor Dal – 50 gms, boiled Raw Papaya – 1 cup, peeled, chopped, seeds removed Sambar Onions – 50 gms, peeleed Tomatoes – 2, chopped Tamarind Extract – 2 …

  • Ingredients: Moong Dal – 1/2 cup, boiled Raw Peanuts – 1/4 cup, boiled Sambar Powder – 4 tsp Turmeric Powder – a pinch Onion – 1, chopped Tomato – 1, …