Sambar recipe Kerala style
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Sambar recipe Kerala style

 vegetable sambar recipe Kerala style without sambar powder.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala cuisine
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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  • 1.25 cups tur dal
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

for sambar masala

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 small piece hing/asafoetida compound
  • 1.25 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 3.5 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 6-7 dry red chillies
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut

for making sambar

  • 10-15 no shallots - sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes - roughly chopped
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup tamarind extract
  • salt to taste


  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 spring curry leaves


  • pressure cook tur dal with enough water and turmeric powder to 4-5 whistles. open, mash it and keep it ready until use. 
  • heat coconut oil in a pan, fry the asafoetida compound until white and keep it aside. 
  • in same pan drop the fenugreek seeds and fry till reddish. immediately add coriander seeds and fry till reddish. together add red chillies and curry leaves. fry for half a minute. 
  • lastly, drop grated coconut and fry in simmer until evenly reddish in color. 
  • cool and transfer to a blender along with the fried asafoetida compound and grind to a smooth paste with little water. keep it aside until use. 
  • in a pan, add shallots sliced, tomatoes chopped, chopped vegetables of your choice along with salt, tamarind extract, turmeric powder, water and mix well. 
  • cook until the vegetables are done. now, add the cooked dal, prepared sambar masala, water, adjust salt if required. mix well and let it boil for 5-10 minutes until raw smell of masala goes off. 
  • tempering: heat oil, crackle mustard seeds and add red chilli, curry leaves. fry till crisp and add the tempering to sambar. 
  • mix well and close immediately for 5 minutes. serve hot with rice and ghee.