Tiffin Sambar ( Andhra Style )

Sambar is a lentil based vegetable stew  popular in South India. There are different variations to

 Sambar. Each household makes it differently. Add the veggies as per your taste and interests. I add

 just the carrot and shallots if am preparing Sambar for tiffins. But when I serve with rice I make

 sure to add most of the veggies like brinjal, bhindi, carrot, beans , tomatoes and must and should

 shallots. I do not add Sambar powder while making for Tiffins. Again its up to your taste and

 preferences if you want to add any ingredient or no. The below recipe is how I make Sambar  for my


This recipe goes to Week 2 Day 3 of Blogging Marathon 128 under the theme " Tiffin Side Dishes ".


Toor dal 1/2 cup

Mung dal 1/4 cup

Shallots 1 cup

Chopped carrots 1/2 cup

Chopped tomato 1 cup

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Chili powder 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Tamarind pulp 1 tbsp

Slit green chili 3

For Tempering:

Curry leaves 6

Udad dal 1 tsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp

Red chili 2

Oil  2 tbsp


Wash toor dal and mung dal 2-3 times and presser cook for 3-4 whistles/

In a deep pan heat oil and add the tempering ingredients.

Saute for a minute and add shallots and slit green chili.

Cook for 2 minutes and add chopped carrots and tomato.

Also add turmeric powder and salt.

Cook until tomatoes turn mushy, now add the cooked and mashed dal.

Add 4-5 cups of water ( the consistency which you want the sambar to be )

Add chili powder, tamarind pulp and bring the sambar to boil.

Cook the sambar on medium to low flame till boiling point.

Adjust salt and add chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with idly, dosa or vada.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for Blogging Marathon 128.


vaishali sabnani said...

I have never tried Sambar with a mix of mung dal, must be lighter! Will give it a try the next time I make it. The recipe sounds doable and different .

Srivalli said...

We love this sambar and often make it for Idlis, very good choice!

Radha said...

I always make sambhar with either toor dhal or mung dhal but the mixture of these would add amazing flavors! I am bookmarking to try this delicious sambhar and your picture with idli and vada is inviting! A comfort feast for us!

Suma Gandlur said...

I usually go with toor dal and add sambhar powder as well. Sambhar makes such a delicious accompaniment to idlis / vadas.

Harini R said...

A delicious version for sure. I love sambar in all its variety.