Sambhar Recipe

Published on: June 17, 2013 | Updated on: May 27, 2015


Sambhar is a spicy Indian lentil soup made with various vegetables and spices. A special powder is made by grinding various spices in a definite proportion and that is the main base for a delicious sambhar. It is more common in the south Indian states and every state has its own version. Some have a spicy sambhar and some have a little sweetness to it. It is an accompaniment with a lot of dishes like idli, vada, dosa and rice. Lot of vegetables like brinjal, ladyfinger, carrot, radish and others are added which makes it a very healthy dish. This is a traditional recipe which I got from one of my south Indian friend and have been making it since a long time. So go ahead and enjoy this hot and spicy sambhar. Here is the recipe.


  • Arhar ki dal – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Heeng -1/4 tsp
  • Onion – 1 cup (thinly sliced)
  • Tomato – 1 cup (chopped)
  • Sambhar powder –  2 tbsp
  • Carrot – 1 (cut into cubes)
  • Radish –  (cut into cubes)
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp

How to make Sambhar

  • Wash and cook arhar ki dal with 3 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder.
  • In a heavy-bottom pan, add oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and heeng.
  • Add curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, sambhar masala, carrots and radish.
  • Fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add this masala to the cooked dal.
  • Cook again till vegetables are cooked.
  • Add tamarind paste.
  • Serve hot.


I am a dental surgeon turned full time mom of a lovely boy. Apart from running around him and doing a lot of activities with him, I like to cook and experiment with new stuff.


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