Sambar Recipe for Dosa & Idli
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South Indian
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Serves: 2
Sambar Recipe for Dosa / Idli - A delicious South Indian sambar recipe to be served with dosa, idli and vada.
  • Toor dal (pigeon pea lentil): 1/3 cup, uncooked
  • Tomato : 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • Onion : 1 onion, sliced
  • Drumsticks : 1/2 piece
  • Oil : 1 tbsp
  • Mustard (rai): 1 tsp
  • Garlic (lehsun): 1 tsp, minced
  • Dry red chili : 2 pieces
  • Sambar powder : 1 tbsp
  • Chana dal (chick-pea lentil): 2 tsp
  • Hing (asafoetida): 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves (kadi patta): 6 leaves
  • Salt : 2 tsp
  • Methi dana (fenugreek seeds) : 1/2 tsp
  • Haldi (turmeric powder): 1/2 tsp
  • Water : 2 cups
  • Tamarind (imli): 1 tbsp, soaked in water
  • Coriander leaves (hara dhaniya) : 2 tbsp chopped
  1. Wash the tuvar or arhaar dal in water and boil it with turmeric powder and 2-3 cups water for 5-6 whistles. Boil until the dal becomes soft and mushy. Keep aside.
  2. Soak the imli (tamarind) in water for about 1/2 hr.
  3. Chop the tomatoes, drumsticks and slice the onions.
To make sambar for dosa & idli
  1. Heat oil in a pan and add chana dal and cook for about 1/2 min then add rai (mustard seeds).
  2. Once the mustard seeds flutters add meethi seeds (fenugreek), curry leaves, hing (asafoetida) and dry red chili and cook for few seconds.
  3. Now add chopped garlic and sliced onion and saute for few mins or till onion becomes translucent.
  4. Throw in chopped tomatoes, drumsticks and sambar powder and give a quick stir.
  5. Then add the tamarind juice and salt to taste and cook for about 5 min.
  6. Now add the boiled toor dal and water, mix well all the ingredients and cook for about 5-7 min.
  7. Check if the drum stick is cooked well. Once cooked well, our samber is ready.
  8. Garnish the sambar with fresh coriander leaves (hara dhaniya).
  9. Sambhar is ready to be served with dosa, idli or vada and coconut chutney.
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