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Sambar (Using Sambar Powder)- Podi Pota Sambar


  • Tur Dal     -3/4 cup
  • Sambar Powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Tamarind – 1 ( New tmrd lemon size)
  • Gingelly oil – 3 tbsp
  • Sambar Onions – 10 no
  • Tomatoes   – 1 no
  • Mixed Vegetables – 1 cup (Potato, drum stick, cluster beans, brinjal, lady’s finger, carrot)
  • Hing            – 1 pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder a pinch

For Seasoning

  • Fenugreek – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves- 1 string
  • Red Chilly – 4 no (make it two pcs)

For Seasoning

  • Cilantro/ coriander-1 tbsp (finely chopped)


  1. In a cooker, add the dal, turmeric powder and 1tbsp oil. Cook in a medium flame for 10-15 mins.
  2. Fry sambar onions, tomatoes and vegetables of your choice with 1 1/2 tbsp of oil.
  3. Fry the vegetables till it is soft. Then add some water allow it to cook.
  4. Meanwhile prepare extract tamarind pulp.
  5. Once the vegetables are cooked add the tamarind extract, mashed dal, salt and hing.
  6. Once Sambar starts to boil. Switch off the stove.
  7. In a pan heat the remaining oil add mustard when they start crackling add fenugreek, red chilies and curry leaves.

Serve hot and garnish with cilantro.

Sambar is a cocktail of dal, spices, vegetables, tamarind. It is a low-calorie dish which has high value of protein, vitamins, antioxidants. It can also be described has a whole some food, which is not too spicy and hence can be given to infants, kids and also elderly person. Sambar is a good accomplishment for Idli, Dosa,pongal and even rice.

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