Sambar recipe– Traditional Kerala style

Mixed vegetable curry – Sambar is very popular throughout south India, however Kerala traditional Sambar tastes delicious and different.

Sambar - malayalamrecipe
Sambar - malayalamrecipe
Sambar - malayalamrecipe
Sambar - malayalamrecipe
Sambar - malayalamrecipe
Sambar - malayalamrecipe

Ingredients for Sambar

Toor Dal i.e. yellow pigeon peas  – 1/2 Cup

Coriander Powder- 1 table spoon

Red chilly powder- 1 table Spoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 spoon

Fenugreek powder – 1/4 spoon

Asafetida – 1 small piece (or 1/4 spoon if it is powder)

Oil – 1/2 cup

Mustard Seeds, Curry leaves, Coriander leaves, salt to taste

Small onions – 1 cup

Colocasia – made peices -1/2 cup

Drum Sticks – 2 nos. (made 2 inch pieces)

Brinjal / Eggplant-  2 big ones split cut in 4 pieces

Carrot – 2 nos. ( Made 1 inch peices)

Cucumber – 6 Small peices

Tomato – 2 nos.

Tamarind paste – 1 table spoon

Preparation method of Sambar

Cook Toor dal using exact same quantity of water in a pressure cooker. Add add just 1/4 tea spoon salt , 4 small onions and 2 red dry chilly in a pressure cooker and let it cook for 3 minutes.

In a Kadai use 3 table spoon oil, add mustard seeds – wait till it splutters and add curry leaves, dry red chili, a small piece of asfoeteda(or 1/4 spoon if it powder) and rest small onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the rest vegetables and continue sautéing till it is cooked. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, fenugreek powder,red chilly powder and continue sautéing till the aroma is released from the mixture. Add 2 cup boiled hot water and 1 table spoon salt and let it boil in low flame.  Add tamarind paste after 2 minute. Add the cooked toor dal to the cooked vegetable mix. Allow it boil for 2 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. Sambar is served along with boiled rice through out South India. It is also a good combination with Idli or dosha too.

Get Kerala Style Idli recipe here.

Recipe Submitted by Radha