Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick Sambar

This is the quickest recipe which I use to make sambar. It turns out really well. Give it a try and let me know.

  • 1/2 cup toor dal (lentil)
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp ginger , grated
  • 1 big tomato , chopped into large chunks
  • 1 small onion , chopped into large chunks
  • 1/2 capsicum ( bell pepper ) - chopped into large chunks
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 small green or red chili
  • 1 tsp sambar masala
  • salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves
For tempering
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp tamarind juice
  • 1 tsp sambar masala


  • Mix all the ingredients in a pressure cooker as shown above. Cook it for 5-6 whistles till the dal is boiled completely. The time will depend on the pressure cooker type and make.
  • Open the cooker and set it aside.
  • Now prepare the tempering. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and hing. Once the mustard seeds crackle add rest of the tempering ingredients. Pour the tempering over the boiled dal.
  • Add extra water if needed and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes.
  • Add fresh coriander leaves to garnish.
  • Ready to serve.
Serving Suggestions:
Serve with Idli, Dosa or Rice.

This is the quickest way I know. You can add any other vegetables you like
You can also adjust the seasoning according to your taste.


  1. being a working women, i always love to have quick recipes like this sambar receipe

  2. Thank you sooo much for the recipe. My wife is out of town and I tried cooking without here around for the first time. It turned out pretty good. I just finished eating a rather late lunch and my tummy is happy. :o)

  3. i love sambhar and this is the quickest ay to cook it .so thank u so much for this,i can make sambhar as quicker as my mother do.