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You can use all of the vegatables that are there in ur fridge.

Recipe by Shalini of Bellevue, US

The most famous south indian recipe.

Ingredients vegetarian 2 servings

    • 1 cup Toovar daal (Arhar)
    • 1 onion (chopped)
    • 1 tomato (chopped)
    • Any vegetable (Potato, capsicum, pumpkin, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, brinjals, drumstick). All cubed into small pieces.
    • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp (imli)
    • 2-3 red chillies
    • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
    • 4 curry leaves
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
    • Salt and red chillies (powdered form) to taste.



    1. Wash and pressure cook the dal and the vegetables with 2 cups of water.
    2. Add oil in a separate pan. After 1 minute, add mustard seeds.Once they crackle, add curry leaves , red chilies and hing to it.
    3. After 1 minute, add onions. When they become reddish brown, add tomatoes. Once the gravy is prepared add salt, powdered red chillies, tamarind pulp to it.
    4. Cook this paste for 3-4 minutes. Then add daal and vegetables (which u pressure cooked earlier).
    5. Cook for another 10-15 minutes.
    6. Serve hot.


    hema jaiswal

    hi, we have never seen capsicum or cauliflower in sambhar . only if u put pumpkin, drumsticks,peas that will only taste good


    This will turn out to be boiled vegetable.....



    Yes u can use sambhar masala for flavour. Thanx for reminding me.

    Poornima Mendes

    hi shalini there is no sambhar masal used in the recipe...???