Sambar is almost an identity for the South Indians. This is an integral food for every home in Tamil Nadu. Sambar is originally prepared by the freshly ground masalas, but later many opt to do this with the readily available Sambar Powder to save time and effort. This version also equally good and tasty. In this method below i have described making sambar using Sambar Powder.

Sambar, How to make Sambar using Sambar Powder

Thurdhal - 3/4 cup
Brinjal - 1
Potato - 1
Carrot - 1
Tamarind - 1 small lemon sized
Sambar Powder - 4 teaspoon
Salt - To Taste
Coriander leaves - few
Hing - A Pinch

For Seasoning:
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Curry Leaves - few

  • Cook the thurdal in the pressure cooker and smash the dhal nicely.
  • Soak the tamarind in water and extract the juice.
  • Cut all the vegetables a little bigger and keep it aside.
  • Pour the oil in the pan and once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds begins to sputter add the curry leaves.
  • Add the vegetables and fry for a second and then add water to cook the vegetables and add pinch of Hing.
  • Once the vegetables are half cooked add the tamarind extract, salt and sambar powder.
  • When the sambar begins to boil, add the smashed dhal and water to make it to correct consistency.
  • Finally add the corinader leaves.
  • Serve with plain rice.
Serving - 5 persons
Sambar, How to make Sambar using Sambar Powder

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