Thursday, June 16, 2016

South Indian Sambar | Mix Vegetable Sambar | Tamilnadu Sambar with Coconut

Sambar, a staple curry  in Tamilnadu, India,made from the dal and veggies. The sambar that we used to prepare for breakfast and lunch are quite different in taste and flavor. Lunch sambar has more tamarind and veggies than the breakfast sambar. The recipe that i'm sharing today is lunch sambar, if you're looking for tiffin/breakfast sambar, check here.
This mixed vegetable sambar is my all time favorite among all the other sambars. Each household in tamilnadu have their own recipe for sambar. This is our version, we don't add sambar powder in sambar which we make for rice/lunch, add them only in tiffin sambar. The coconut masala used in this sambar has all the flavors and also it gives enough thickness to the sambar, so you no need to add extra sambar powder. And also adding coconut in sambar is quite unique to south Tamilnadu regions and kerala, i haven't see anyone from north part of tamilnadu using coconut in sambar.

Since i'm saying that this sambar is for rice, it doesn't mean that it won't taste good with breakfast items, actually idly/dosa tastes best with this sambar than the tiffin sambar,so whenever i plan to make idly or dosa for dinner, usually i  make some sambar for lunch and use the same for dinner. Ok , now let's see the procedure

Mix Vegetable Sambar
Cooking Time:30 mins | Preparation Time: 10 mins| Serves: 3
Category:Curry | Cuisine : Indian

Toor Dal- 1/4 cup
Mixed Vegetable -1/2 cup ( i used potato,beans,carrot, brinjal & drumstick)
Pearl onion - 3 nos
Tomato -1
Tamarind - small gooseberry size
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Split urad dal- 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves- few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste(about 1 1/2 tsp)
Red chili powder -1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Water - to need.
Oil - 1 tsp

To grind
Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
Peal onion - 5 nos
Garlic pods-4(small)
Cumin seed- 1 tsp


Slice carrot into thin circles,cut beans, drumstick & brinjal as 1 inch piece  and potato & tomato in to small pieces, peal the onions and keep everything ready.
Take toor dal in the pressure cooker and add all  the veggies(except drumstick & brinjal) and enough water.Add asafoedita powder and cover the pressure cooker with lid and cook for 3 whistle and until the taal is cooked. In the mean time soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup of water.Once the dal is cooked, open the lid and mash it slightly with laddle and keep aside. Heat a kadai  with oil, add mustard, let it splutter and then add urad dal , drumstick & brinjal.Extract the tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind and add it in the veggies and then add the spices (turmeric  & chili powder )
Add the salt and allow the veggies to cook. Once drumstick and brinjal are cooked, add the cooked dal along with the veggies.Grind the ingredients listed under "To grind"  into smooth paste and add it in the sambar . Bring into boil and finally add coriander leaves and then switch off the flame.Tasty Mix vegetable sambar is ready.
  • Drumstick and Brinjal will cook easily, so i didnt pressure cook them.
  • Add more or less water as per your liking.
  • If you want more flavor, add 1/2 tsp of sambar powder and ghee just before switch off the flame.
  • The color of the sambar depends on the chili powder.


  1. I tried it and it was awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing

    1. Thanks Ananthi, Glad it turned out awesome for you. Welcome to my space and enjoy your time here.