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Mera Sambar | Homestyle Sambhar | Simple Sambar Recipe


Kandipappu or tuvar dal  -3/4 glass
Drumsticks – 2 cut into big pieces
Tomato – 1 quartered
Onions – 4 chopped into big chunks
Carrot – 1 chopped
Potato – 1 chopped
Ladyfinger – 6 nos. chopped
Sambar powder – 1 tbsp.
Water – 2 glasses
Tamarind  – lemon sized ball soaked in a glass of water
Green chillies – 2 sliced
Oil – 1 tbsp.
Methi seeds – 4 or 5
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
Cumin – ½ tsp.
Hing or asafetida – a pinch
Curry leaves – few
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder-1 tsp.


  1. Pressure cook the dal and keep aside.
  2. In another small pressure pan, add oil and once hot, add the methi seeds, mustard, cumin, hing and curry leaves.
  3. Now add the drumstick pieces, green chillies, carrot, potato, tomato and onions. Mix well. Fry for a minute.
  4. Add in the sambar powder, salt, chilli powder and tamarind water. Stir and if you wish, can add more water.
  5. Cook for 2 whistles, reduce the flame and cook for a couple of minutes more, another one whistle.
  6. In a small saucepan, add a little oil and stir fry the lady finger pieces.
  7. Once the pressure releases, mix both the vegetables and dal together and check for taste.
  8. Boil for a couple of minutes and turn off the stove.

You might like my family favourite recipe for Sambhar Rice or Bisibella Bath.
Another version of a simple sambhar recipe is my Sambhar | Dal with Veggies

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