Toor dal – 1/2 cup

Mixed Vegetables – 2 cups

Tomatoes – 2 diced

Onion – 1 medium sliced

Green chillies – slit

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Dry red chillies – 4 broken

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Sambar powder – 3 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Chilly powder – 1 tsp

Methi/Fenugreek powder – 1/8 tsp

Perumkayam/Asafoetida powder – a small pinch

Tamarind – a lime size

Water – 2 + 1 cup

Salt – to taste

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 1/2 tbsp

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp chopped


Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of water and keep aside.  Wash the toor dal and put it into a pressure cooker.  Add onions, green chillies and turmeric powder.  Pour 2 cups of water and cook for 10 minutes.  Let it cool.  Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick pan and splutter mustard seeds.  Add curry leaves and dry red chillies.  Then add the diced vegetables and tomatoes.  Stir-fry for about 5 minutes.  Then add sambar powder, coriander powder, chilly powder, fenugreek and asafoetida powders.  Fry till the aroma comes out.  Switch off the flame and add the vegetables to the cooked dal in the pressure cooker.  Pour the tamarind water and add salt.  Mix well and close the lid and pressure cook for 5 minutes.  Once cooled, add the chopped coriander leaves and stir.  Serve lip-smacking ‘Sambar’ with hot rice, idli or dosa.  Cheers!!!

I used radish, carrot, pumpkin, broad beans and brinjal for making this ‘Sambar’.  You can also use vegetables like drumsticks, lady’s finger, beans and potatoes.

Yummy ‘Sambar’ is off to Ruchika for the event “My Legume Love Affair #22” which is the brainchild of Susan.


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  1. Love this sort of mixed veggies sambar, looks truly divine..

  2. Classic sambar that is a favorite with everyone!

  3. We use call this as kadhamba [mixed veggie] sambar I like it more.

  4. Mixed veggie sambar looks nice Lissie. I would love to have it with idli/vadas 🙂
    Thanks for the entry!

  5. Hi Madam,

    I am a regular silent visitor of your blog.I really love your website.Tried many of your dishes successfully.

    Please help me for this.I want to try your vegetable pulao recipe.Will u please let me know in which size of cooker that u made the vegetable pulao?

    Many many thanks again for all the efforts in helping newly married youngsters like me.

    love and regards,

  6. Hi Deepthy,

    Glad to hear that you have successfully tried many of my recipes!

    I used a 5 litre cooker to make the veg pulao. Please let me know about the outcome…

    Actually my intention in blogging is to help many youngsters like you who are novices in cooking. It makes me feel honoured!

    Thanks a lot! And do keep experimenting with my recipes… 🙂


  7. Thanks madam for ur quick reply.Sure I will try the veg pulav and let u know the results.

    Btw,I tried ur raw mango curry and it was absolutely yummy.My mother in law and husband just loved it.Credit goes to you only.

    Love and regards,

  8. I’ve bookmarked your recipe to try.

  9. Dear Lissie, tried your sambar today. It came out really good. I added a generous pinch of asafoetida powder. Tasted great. Thank you so much for your recipe. Luv n prayers Bindhu.

  10. good good good good