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Kadamba Sambar
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Kadamba Sambar Sadam | Sambar Rice

Kadamba means mixed, we are going to use mixed veggies and also rice and lentils thats why we call this as Kadamba Sambar Rice. We don’t need a separate curry for this awesome Sambar rice, just with Appalam / papad this Sambar rice would be a perfect one pot meal for us!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Kuzhambu, Rice Varieties
Cuisine: Indian, Tamilnadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • 1 Lemon Size Tamarind
  • 1 Cup* Rice * 1 Cup - 250ml
  • 1/2 Cup Toor Dal (Pigeon pea)
  • 10-12 Shallots / Baby Onions
  • 2 Cups Mixed Veggies (Carrot, Potato, Radish, Capsicum, Pumpkin)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tomato Roughly Chopped
  • Ghee For Garnishing
  • Salt As Needed

For Grinding

  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • 1/4 tsp Peppercorns
  • 5 Red Chili
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 Tomato Chopped
  • 2 Green Chili
  • 1 tsp Ginger Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Coconut

For Tempering

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Few Curry Leaves


  • Soak tamarind in warm water and extract the juice
  • Take rice and dal in a vessel. Add 4.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Once the rice is cooked, mix with a spatula and keep it aside
  • Heat oil in a pan and add coriander seeds,bengal gram dal, peppercorns, red chili, fenugreek seeds and saute in oil for a minute
  • Add onion, tomato, green chili, ginger, cloves and saute along with the dals. Finally when the dal is golden brown, add grated coconut and fry till light brown and switch off the flame
  • Cool the roasted ingredients and grind it to fine paste
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter
  • Add curry leaves along with shallots, and saute till translucent. Then add tomato along with other mixed veggies and stir-fry in high flame for 3-5 mins.
  • Then add water along with turmeric powder and cover and cook the veggies till soft 
  • Once the veggies are cooked, add tamarind extract along with salt and bring it to boil. Boil for 5 mins till the raw smell of the tamarind goes off
  • Add ground spice paste and boil for another 5 mins and then switch off the flame
  • Now the mixed sambar is ready. Add sambar to the cooked rice+dal mixture and mix nicely 
  • finally garnish with ghee and the yummy Kadamba Sambar Rice Ready!
  • Serve hot with appalam / papad and enjoy the scrumptious one-pot meal!



  1. We can do all steps in one pressure cooker. First start with tempering, sauté the veggies, add tamarind extract and ground paste, add dal and rice and then add 6-8 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. 


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1.3g | Sodium: 404mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2300IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 6.1mg