Sambar Sadam or Sambar Rice Recipe

Sambar rice or sambar sadam is a recipe where we combined cooked rice and dal with sambar and choice of vegetables.

Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Preeti Garg


  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Pigeon Lentils Toor Dal
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Carrot Cubed
  • 1 Drumstick Cut into pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peas Frozen
  • 1 Medium Sized Potato Diced
  • 1 Medium Sized Tomato Chopped
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion Chopped
  • Tamarind Lemon Sized, Soaked
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Sambar Masala
  • 1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp. Asafoetida
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 Dry Red Chilies
  • 2 Tbsp. Ghee


  1. Wash and soak the rice and dal in water for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and cook in pressure cooker with 4 cups of water.
  3. Cook till to 3-4 whistles and keep aside.
  4. Soak the tamarind in hot water and when it softens, Squeeze the pulp and keep aside.
  5. Heat the ghee in a pan.
  6. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dry red chilies, and asafoetida and curry leaves.
  7. When they start splutter, add chopped vegetables and turmeric powder.
  8. Mix well and add 1 cup water and cook the vegetable till to tender.
  9. Now add the tamarind paste, salt, sambar masala and cooked rice and dal.
  10. Mix well and cook till to mashed consistency.
  11. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency like khichdi.
  12. Serve hot with papad and pickle.