Recipe: Sambar

Recipe: Sambar
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  • 1 big onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup yellow lentils (arhar or toover daal)
  • 3 Tbsp sambar masala
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp thickish tamarind pulp or 1 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, cut into approx.1
  • 2-3 whole dry red peppers
  • 1 Tbsp chopped coriander leaves to garnish
  • 7-8 leaves of curry leaves


  • Cook daal with salt, till absolutely tender, no grains remain.
  • Add sambar masala, sugar and vegetables, including the onions, and cook till the vegetables are tender, and add tamarind. Heat oil in a saucepan and add the mustard seeds.
  • When they splutter, add the whole red peppers and the curry leaves. Turn around 2-3 times, then add the daal mixture.
  • Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 5 minutes, Serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves.