Sambhar or Sambar is a very versatile and tasty dish made with lentils and vegetables, It is like a spicy lentil and vegetable soup. Can be eaten with rice, idli, dosa, vadas, roti, uttapam or just like that.

There are various ways to prepare Sambhar. I am sharing a  quick and easy way to make it, simply pressure cook everything together and add the tadka/chaunk in the end.  You can use the vegetables of your choice. Adjust the spiciness to your taste and enjoy!


  • Toor dal(Pigeon Peas)  -  1 cup
  • Onion - 1 small( roughly chopped )
  • Tomatoes - 1 small (chopped)
  • Carrot - 1 (chopped)
  • Eggplant- 1 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Bottle Guard- 1 tablespoon 
  • Garlic - 1 tsp (roughly chopped)
  • Whole Red Chili - 3-4
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- a pinch
  • Sambhar Powder- 1 tbsp 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tsp (optional)
For tadka
  • Curry leaves - 6-7
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Whole red chilies - 4 to 5
  • Oil - 1  tbsp


  • Wash the dal under running water until it runs clear
  • Add the dal in pressure cooker with all the vegetables and 2 cups of water 
  • Add sambhar powder, coriander powder, salt to taste and turmeric powder
  • Close the lid and cook until done (about 3 whistles)
  • Open the cooker when all the steam has escaped
  • Stir and adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more water if desired
  • Heat oil in a pan for tadka
  • Add all the ingredients for tadka in hot oil, stir for few seconds until it splutters
  • Pour it over the Sambhar
  • Add tamarind paste if you like(I don't like so I don't add it)
  • Cook for one more minute on medium heat
  • Serve hot with Idli, Dosa or rice
  • Enjoy!

Posted by sneh On Friday, January 26, 2018 No comments


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