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Recipe for Sambhar

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India is a land of diversities, which is well portrayed in its culture and cuisine. A land where taste changes at every 100 kms. Hence, it has a wide spectrum of food. Here we bring you an authentic Sambhar Recipe from India that’s not only quick but, can be easily made at home. The Sambhar recipe we listed below is most basic of Indian recipes also one of the tastiest! Trying this Sambhar recipe at home is an easy way to get a delicious meal.

Here is the Authentic Sambhar Recipe:



2 cups tuvar dal
4 cups of water
2 1/2 tsp of tamarind pulp
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp sambhar powder (MTR preferred)
2 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (optional)
3 medium tomatoes
5-6 shallots ( small onions)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
2 whole red chillies
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 twig of curry leaves


1. Chop all the vegetables of choice (brinjal, okra, drumsticks, etc).
2. Wash and drain the lentils till the water runs clear.
3. Take a heavy bottomed pan or pressure cooker and add lentils, turmeric powder, 1 tsp of oil and 2 green chillies.
4. Boil the lentils till they turn mushy. In pressure cooker, allow 4 to 5 whistles to get it done.
5. You can also mash the lentils with a heavy ladle to make it mushy.
6. Add the tomatoes and shallots and your choice of vegetables to the lentils and then add salt, red chilli powder, Sambhar powder (For best results, grind 2 tbsp of sambhar powder with 2 tbsp dessicated coconut) and tamarind.
7. Wait for 2 more whistles.
8. Temper the dal mixture and add fresh cilantro as garnish.
9. Serve hot with Idli, Dosas or Medu Vada.