Sambhar - Basic

The best accompaniment to most South Indian staples is the Sambhar. Basically, there are 2 varieties.

1. Everyday/Basic Sambhar.

2. Arachu Vitta Sambhar for special occasions.



Tur Dal ¼ cup

Asafetida ¼ tsp

Red Chili 1

Turmeric Powder ¼ tsp

Water 1 cup

Onion 1

Potatoes 1

Tomato 2

Green Chili 3

Salt to taste

Tamarind Paste 2 Tbsp

Coriander leaves 2 Tbsp


Oil 2 Tbsp

Mustard seeds ½ tsp

Curry leaves 1 sprig


Pressure cook lentils in water with red chili, asafetida and turmeric powder. After the first whistle, simmer for 5 minutes.

After the pressure subsides, open cooker and add vegetables, chili and salt to taste. Pressure cook for 1 whistle.

Wait for the pressure to go down before opening the cooker.

Open cooker and add seasoning, tamarind paste and coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Idli, Dosai, Ven Pongal.


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