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.

Brinjals (Aubergines)
Brinjal, Sambar

Brinjal Masala Kuzhambu

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 – 3 tsp Turmeric Powder – a pinch Salt as per taste Grind together: Coconut – 2 tblsp Black Peppercorns […]

Plantain (Raw Banana)
Banana, Sambar

Vazhakkai Sambar

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, chopped Toor Dal – 1/4 cup, boiled Tamarind Extract – 3/4 to 1 cup Sambar Powder – 2 tblsp Asafoetida […]

Chettinad Sambar

Chettinad Sambar

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 choice) Onions – 2, big Tomatoes – 3 to 4 (depending on size) Sambar Powder – 4 tsp Turmeric Powder […]

Knol Khol
Knol Khol, Sambar

Knol Khol Sambar

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 – 100 gms Oil – 1 tsp Mustard Seeds – little Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp […]

Ripe Mangoes
Mango, Sambar

Mango Kuzhambu

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, small, washed and pat dried (peel or chop if desired) Tamarind Extract – 1 to 2 cups Sambar Powder – […]

Special Masala Sambar

Special Masala Sambar

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 Tamarind Extract – 1 cup Salt as per taste Oil as required To Grind: Bengal Gram Dal – 1 tsp […]


Coconut and Peanut Sambar

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 – 1 cup Salt as per taste Oil as required For tempering: Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds – […]