Saturday, March 22, 2008



200 gms of any of the folowing vegetables

Lady's finger


Drumstick or White pumpkin or Red pumpkin

A mixture of all these vegetables can also be used.

1 cup of Tuvar dall

Lemaon size ball of tamarind

2 tbs of Sambhar powder(preparation given below)

1tsp of turmeric powder

1tsp of asfoetida

Salt to taste

For Seasoning

1tsp of mustard

1tsp of fenugreek

2 red chillies broken to pieces

2 green chillies slit length wise

One sprig of Curry leaves

2 tsps of oil


Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze the pulp.Wash any one of the above vegetables or a mix of all the above vegetables and cut it into big pieces.Cook the vegetables in the tamarind water with turmeric powder and salt and asafoetida and the sambhar powder.Pressure cook the tuvar dall.Once the vegetables are cooked mash the cooked dall with a ladle.Add the cooked dall to the vegetables and add some water to make it into a pouring consistency liquid.Keep the sambhar for few minutes in the stove till it froths.Cut the stove and season it with mustard, fenugreek, curry leaves and chillies.Now the sambhar is ready and can be had with rice and fried pappads or curry.



3 cups of coriander seeds

1 cup of Tuvar dall

1 cup of Channa dall and Urad dall mixed

2 tbs of Black Pepper

1 tbs of Mustard

21/2 cups of Chilly Powder available ready made


Dry roast all the above ingredients separately in a Frying pan separately other than chilly powder.Dry grind all the roasted items in a mixture.Now add the chilly powder to the ground mixture and once again grind it so that the Chilly powder gets blended well.Preferably slightly coarse grind the mixture to give nice smell.This can be stored in a airtight container and used for the Podi Sambhar.



200 gms of a mix of all the above vegetables(Onions cut into big pieces can be added depending on individual's taste)

For Grinding

1/2 coconut scraped

5-6 red chillies

1 tbs of Channa dall

2 tbs of Coriander seeds

1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds

For the Sambhar

Lemon size of Tamarind

1 cup of Tuvar dall

1 tsp turmeric posder

1 tsp of asafoetida

salt to taste

Jaggery little (optional)

For seasoning

1 tsp Mustard seeds

1 tsp of fenugreek seeds

1 sprig of curry leaves

2 tsp of oil

Fry all the ingredients given for grinding with little oil and then add the coconut last to the fry pan when it is hot and cut off the stove.Grind the ingredients to a fine paste with little water.Squeeze the tamarind pulp after soaking it in the water.wash all the vegetables and cut them into big pieces.Cook the vegetables in the tamarind water with turmeric powder, asafoetida,salt and jaggery till the vegetables are soft.Add the ground masala to the cooked vegetables in tamarind water.Boil the mix till the raw smell of the masala disappears.Now add the cooked dall.Add water to make it in the pouring consistency.Season it with mustard,fenugreek and curry leaves.Sambhar is ready and can be had with Rice Dosas and Idlis.

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