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Sambar Rice (Sadham)

Toor dhal cooked with vegetables in spices

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

This hotel-taste and mouthwatering sambar rice can be done in 20 mins .

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

  • 3/4 cup toor dhal
  • 2 cups boiled rice
  • 1 cup carrots and french beans(cut into small pieces)
  • 1 drumstick(cut into small pieces)
  • 3 no.s green chillies (slit lengthwise)
  • 4 no.s garlic(cut)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1 no onion(chopped)
  • 1 no tomato(chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup tamarind pulp(extracted from lemon-size tamarind ball)
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tsp refined oil
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp chopped curry leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 5 tsp dry roast the following spices for 2 mins and grind together -(whole red chillies- 7 no.s , coriander seeds-3 tsp,gram dhal-1 tsp,urad dhal(without skin) - 1/2 tsp,fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp, curry leaves- 4 leaves)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil


  1. Dry roast the spices first as mentioned in the ingredients.
  2. Heat oil  in a pressure pan. Put mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander and curry leaves, green chillies,garlic cloves, ground all spices-3tsp,and turmeric powder and saute well for 2 mins.
  3. Add asafoetida powder,turmeric powder and toor dhal,tamarind pulp and water and allow it to boil for 5 mins.
  4. Add the vegetable pieces, rice and salt and cover the pressure pan and cook upto 5 whistle.
  5. Remove from the fire and keep aside for 10 mins.
  6. Open the pressure pan , pour ghee and coconut oil on top and add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  7. Serve this Sambar rice with mango thokku and papadam.



I love Sambar rice but it never turns as tasty as the hotel one . Will surely try out dis recipe . Thank U so much .

Mr Shah

lot's of work but looks very yummy will give it a short. Thanks for sharing