Thursday, June 16, 2016

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

Mix Vegetable sambar is my favorite among all the sambar. Each household in tamilnadu have their own recipe for sambar. This is our version, we dont add sambar powder in sambar which we make for rice, only add sambar powder in tiffen sambar.And also we never make sambar without coconut for lunch. And it's taste good with dosa or idly too.
So when i plan to make idly or dosa for dinner, then i reserve some of the sambar from lunch. 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.

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