Kerala Style Sambar

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Kerala Style Sambar


The  Kerala style Sambar is really an amazing recipe. Got to know this wonderful recipe from my neighbour. It is really a  light, flavourful and packed with dals and veggies. It is an amazing dish which is liked by people of all age groups. Fully packed with  flavorful  ingredients are the key to the amazing taste of Kerala Style Sambar.

Cooking Time

Preparation Time :25 Min

Cook Time : 25 Min

Total Time : 50 Min


Serves : 5
  • 1/2 cups toor dal

  • 4-5 nos baby egg plants

  • 2-3 nos drumbsticks peeled and cut in 3-4" pieces

  • 1 nos small wedge white pumpkin peeled and cubed

  • 1 nos large onion cut in cubes

  • 2 nos tomatoes cut in cubes

  • 2 tbsp tamarind

  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste

  • 1-2 cups water as per requirement

  • 2 tbsp roast following masala : coriander seeds

  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • 1 dash asafoetida

  • 6 nos dry red chilies

  • 1/4 cups fresh grated coconut

  • 1 tsp for tempering : mustard seeds

  • 10-12 nos curry leaves

  • 2 nos dry red chilies

  • 1 pinch fenugreek seeds

  • 1 dash hing (asafoedita)

  • 2 tbsp oil


  • Wash dal and pressure cook till soft. Once the pressure is off, remove container of dal and churn it till it is smooth.
  • Dry roast all ingredients under Masala except grated coconut till lightly browned. Add 3-4 drops oil and stir. Turn off the gas. Add grated coconut and saute till it is lightly colored.
  • Cool and grind in mixie/food processor till fine powder is formed.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the pulp discarding the pith.
  • Take a deep pot and add dal to it. Add water according to sambar consistency (not too watery). Add the roasted masala to the dal and all the vegetables except drumbsticks. Boil drumbsticks separately.
  • Bring the dal to a boil. Cover and cook till vegetables are done. Add tamarind pulp and cook for some more time till tamarind flavor is blended in the dal.
  • Prepare the tempering--In another pan, heat oil. Add mustard sseeds, hing, red chilies, and curry leaves. Sauté. Add fenugreek seeds. Stir for few seconds and add the tempering to the dal.
  • Quickly place a lid as soon as the tempering is added to infuse flavors in the dal.
  • Keep simmering on very low heat for additional 10 minutes on low heat. Serve with rice, idli, dosa,uttapam, Medu vada, etc.