Sambar Recipe

Sambar is a south Indian popular and authentic recipe which is served for all the meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a stew kind of consistency curry which made from yellow lentils, vegetables and sambar masala.
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Preeti Garg


  • 1/2 Cup Arhar dal/ Yellow Pigeon Peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Cups Vegetables (Shallots, Eggplants, Drumsticks, Pumpkins, carrot)
  • 1/2 Cup Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Tamarind Pulp
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. MDH Sambhar Masala
  • 4-5 Whole Red Chilies Dried
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp. Asafoetida Hing
  • 2 Tbsps. Oil


  1. Wash and Soak the dal in 2 cup water for 15-20 minutes. Add dal in pressure cooker with salt, turmeric powder and water. Cook till to two whistles. Mash till to smooth texture.
  2. Now add chopped vegetables in separate pan with salt and turmeric powder. Cover the pan and cook till to soften. Keep aside.
  3. Now add 2 tbsps oil in separate pan, add mustard seeds, red chilies, curry leaves and asafoetida. Cook till to splutter. 

  4. Add chopped onion and cook till to translucent. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till to mashy. 

  5. Add sambar masala and tamarind paste. Mix well. 

  6. Now add cooked dal and vegetables and mix well. Add water if required. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. 

  7. Serve hot sambar with dosai or idli.

Recipe Notes

Notes: You can add 1 tbsp grated coconut also.