Traditional Sambar Recipe

Traditional Sambar Recipe

Traditional Sambar Recipe

Sambar is a blissful experience. Traditional Sambar Recipe is made from cooking mixed vegetables, tuvar dhal in Indian powdered spices . Asafoetida or hing or kayam podi and tamarind pulp are added to give the uniqueness to the dish. In Southern part of India sambar is made at every house hold almost on a daily basis. Especially in Kerala, sambar is served with breakfast items, for lunch and is served for dinner as well.

There are so many varieties of sambar is made in Kerala. When you travel around in Kerala itself, you will come across so many variations of sambar such as the combination of vegetables used can be different, the consistency can be different, the spice mix can be different and even the flavor can vary.

Everyone follows their own version of recipe, most of the home chefs use their own secret spice mix to make it look different and taste different. The recipe I am sharing today is one of traditional and authentic sambar recipe from Kerala. This recipe is more famous in Thiruvanthapuram district of Kerala.

Traditional Sambar Recipe

Without any further delay, let’s go straight to the recipe. Do try thisĀ  Traditional Sambar Recipe and let me know your feedback please..

Traditional Sambar Recipe


  • Drumstick – 1 each, one inch cut
  • Eggplant or brinjal -1 big dices
  • Tomato– 2 , big dices
  • Cucumber – 1, big dices
  • Okra or ladies finger -2 , cubes
  • Colocasia or chembu – one handful, diced
  • Shallot- 5 each
  • Carrots- 1 , big dices
  • Green chilly- 2, slit
  • Tuvar dhal or sambar parippu -1 cup
  • Coconut – 1 Tbsp
  • Dr chilly -2 each
  • Curry leaves -1 sprg
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder -1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -3/4 Tbsp
  • Tamarind pulp- 2 Tbsp
  • Coriander – 1 Tbsp,chopped
  • Sal to taste
  • Water as needed


  1. First of all, cut all vegetables and set aside.
  2. In a small pot, take washed tuvar dhal and water, cook until soft.
  3. You can pressure cook the tuvar for three whistes.
  4. In medium pot, heat coconut oil and add curry leaves and dry chilly.
  5. Add shallots, green chilly and saute for a minutes.
  6. Stir in all powdered spices and cook well.
  7. To this, add all the vegetables andĀ  enough water.
  8. Season with salt and simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. At this point, add the cooked dhal into it.
  10. And, add tamarind pulp and simmer until all the vegetables are cooked.
  11. Mix the chopped coriander leaves and adjust seasoning.
  12. Now your traditional Sambar is ready, serve hot and enjoy.

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