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Palakkad Sambar

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The Palakkad Sambar is a traditional dish of Kerala, which is made of vegetables and spices cooked in tamarind water.
Palakkad Sambar

Palakkad Sambar is a dish from the Indian state of Kerala made with toor dal and tamarind as the main ingredients. It is served with rice and is popular during Onam festivities. The dish can be prepared in a variety of ways, but most often it is cooked until thick and then seasoned with spices, vegetables and coconut paste.

Palakkad Sambar

Palakkad Sambar
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Palakkad Sambar Recipe

The Palakkad Sambar is a traditional dish of Kerala, which is made of vegetables and spices cooked in tamarind water.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian

Ingredients for Palakkad Sambar

  • 2 to 3 cup Mixed Vegetables chopped
  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 6 to 8 Tomatoes chopped
  • 3 to 4 Onions
  • 1 cup Tamarind Extract
  • 1 1/2 cup Coconut grated
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Bengal Gram Dal
  • 2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 8 to 10 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • handful Curry Leaves
  • handful Coriander Leaves
  • little Asafoetida
  • a pinch Turmeric Powder
  • as per taste Salt

How to make Palakkad Sambar

  • Heat little oil in a pan.
  • Fry the coriander seeds, bengal gram dal, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and coriander leaves for a minute or two.
  • Add the coconut and fry for another minute.
  • Switch off the flame, cool and grind to a smooth paste, adding little water if required.
  • Pressure cook the toor dal and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan over medium flame.
  • Add the chopped vegetables and onions.
  • Saute for a minute or two.
  • Pour 1 cup of water and simmer until tender.
  • Add salt and turmeric powder.
  • Add the cooked dal and stir well.
  • Add the tamarind extract and tomatoes.
  • Add the ground masala and mix well.
  • Fry the mustard seeds and curry leaves in little oil.
  • Pour over the sambar and stir well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Switch off the flame and remove.
  • Serve hot with rice.

image via Divya Dilu

Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


Deepa GV December 14, 2022 - 10:33 am

Good, tasty, wonderfull

Deepa GV December 14, 2022 - 10:33 am



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