I used to add multiple vegetables in sambar to get a nice flavour and also to make it healthier. Recently, my best fried Dr.Aparna tried making sambar using spring onions and she shared this wonderful recipe with me. Like baby onion Sambar, Spring Onion sambar is too delicious. The spring onions add a very nice flavour to the sambar especially garnishing this yummy sambar with spring onion leaves makes this whole dish scrumptious. Mix this yummy Spring onion Sambar with hot steaming rice along with a spoon of ghee and enjoy your meal. Any stir-fried vegetables goes well with this yummy sambar. I dedicate this wonderful post to my friend Dr.Aparna. 

Spring Onion Sambar Recipe
Spring Onion Sambar 

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins

Spring Onion Sambar Recipe
Spring Onion Sambar 

Spring Onion Bunch2
Tamarind1 lemon size
Thur Dal1/2 Cup*
Sambar Powder1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder1/2 teaspoon
SaltTo Taste
Chopped Spring Onion Leaves1 tablespoon

*1 Cup = 250ml

For Seasoning:
Oil2 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Curry Leavesfew
Hing1/4 teaspoon

  1. Soak the tamarind in water and extract  the juice

  2. Wash the spring onions roots to remove any sand particles. Remove the spring onion bulbs and keep it aside.  Chop the stem about one inch length.  

  3. Finely chop the spring onion leaves and keep it aside as we are going to use them for garnishing. Now we have onion bulbs with little stems which we are going to add it to the sambar

  4. Pressure cook the thurdal and mash it and keep it aside

  5. Heat a pan and add oil. When the oil is hot add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add hing and curry leaves and saute them for a minute. Now add the chopped spring onion bulbs along with their stem and fry them for a minute. 

  6. Add water to soak the onions along with turmeric powder and cook the onions and the stem. Usually it get cooked within 5 minutes.  When the onions are half-cooked, add tamarind extract and boil for 5 minutes. Then add sambar powder and salt and keep in medium flame and boil the sambar to get rid of the raw smell of tamarind and sambar powder. 

  7. Then add mashed dal to the sambar and stir well. Adjust the water level to get sambar consistency and finally garnish with spring onion leaves and remove from flame

  8. The delicious Spring Onion Sambar is now ready to serve!
  9. Spring Onion Sambar Recipe
    Spring Onion Sambar 

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  1. Very tasty sambar with unique flavor...thanks for the recipe. Its a regular in our household now!!

  2. Mami your recipes are awesome. Can you pls give me the recipes for making sambar podi and idli molagai podi?

    1. Hello Saibala, Thanks for your comments. Please see the below links for sambar podi and idli molagai podi. http://www.subbuskitchen.com/2009/01/s.html#.VIQRBTGUeiM