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Sambar Rice (Sadham)

By: christy gerald of Dubai, AE

Toor dhal cooked with vegetables in spices

Filed in Rice Dishes

Serves 4 people

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


  • 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.

Latest Comments

By Mayask on 6/30/2011 7:59:00 AM

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

By Mr Shah on 4/26/2011 11:59:00 AM

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


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