The Easiest Homemade Sambar Recipe: 10 Minutes, No Ingredients, No Problem

Sambar / சாம்பார் is a South Indian lentil based stew cooked with pigeon pea and mixed vegetables usually combined with a spice blend / sambar masala powder that makes it more flavorful. Every region has its own style made with special spice blend unique to that place. A simple sambar is a mix of dal / lentil, vegetables, tamarind made with or without sambar powder. Here is an easy one pot style sambar which takes only a few minutes to make, without any use of sambar powder… perfect for beginners / bachelors & bachelorettes.

What is Sambar

Jumping back from saucy, this simple style is a sort of cross between a vegetarian chili dog & chana masala. Sambar is essentially the vegetarian equivalent of chana masala. It is typically a multi-layered stew of lentils cooked with vegetables in a ginger and mustard based curry sauce.



– 1 cup of chopped and cooked chickpeas (chana dal) – 1/2 cup of chopped & cooked yellow peas (mava sambar ) – 2 green bell peppers (kanji sambar) – 1/2 cup of chopped & cooked green beans (mandhara sambar) – 1/2 cup of chopped & cooked red bell peppers (sinlal sambar) – 1/2 cup of chopped & cooked onion (turf sambar) – 3 tablespoons of tamarind – 3 tablespoons of oil – 3 tablespoons of red chilly powder – Salt to taste How to Make Sambar Recipe (Quickie) 1. Heat the oil in a pan and add green chilly, finely chopped onion and saute till the onion turns translucent. 2. Add chopped chopped bell pepper and saute till the green pepper turns soft and translucent. 3. Add chopped tamarind and saute for a minute or two. 4. add all the ingredient and cook for 10 to 15 minute till the sambhar mix with all the spices properly


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Peas and lentils are cooked in water, sugar, salt and tomato juice until tender, then the mixture is strained through a coarse mesh sieve. The lentils and peas are cooked in a mixture of chili, tamarind, onions, spices and coconut milk till the mixture is thick and juicy, then finally ground green chillies and other spices are added for the final touches. Some southern curries are heated for a few minutes in a tandoor before serving, with a freshly squeezed lime juice. But since it’s summer and we’re lazy (guilty) we prefer to take shortcuts and make it as easy as possible. Just like our 90’s Pizza, this is the best kind of potato based sambar that’s as fast as a Pizza. What you will need: As mentioned before – mix together cooked lentils, peas & boiled / mashed green chilies.


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Note: You can make the same sambar at home, but it does not taste as good because you don’t have the original spices which are the best. For that, you have to get your hands on sambar powder. How to Make 10 Minute Easy Homemade Sambar Recipe Simply simmer 2 cups of boiling water in a large pan, with 2 cups of peas for 2-3 minutes, drain and discard water. Then, add the chopped onions, chopped green chilies, chopped green gram, chopped cilantro, salt, cumin, turmeric powder, pepper powder, and stock cube and cook till the veggies are tender. Once cooked, just sprinkle about 3-4 tbsp of sambar powder and mix it all well to blend well. Once done, blend this sauce till smooth.


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Making a sambar For basic sambar, only Tamarind is needed. If you are using tomatoes, make it extra spicy using local recipes for masala or sambar powder as it will enhance the taste. Mix in onions, carrots, cauliflower and greens. Fry it for a minute or so until the vegetables are soft. Mix in curry leaves and remove from heat. Add the lentils and mix well, cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Add water little by little. Add the blended vegetables and add 2/3 cup water. Cover and cook on low flame for an hour. If lentils turn to mush and vegetables are not cooked, add more water or mix the lentils in vegetable curry instead of water. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until lentils are cooked thoroughly. Add salt and remove from heat. Transfer to a serving bowl.



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