How to make Sambhar

Sambhar is typical a South-Indian dish and now-days popular everywhere. It has high nutritional value as the vegetables used in this have lots of good properties.

Ingredients Required: –

  • Bottle gourd (lauki)- ½ cup
  • Ash gourd (petha)- 1 cup
  • Split red gram (arhar dal)- ½ cup (soaked in water for ½ hour)
  • Green capsicum- ¼ (chopped finely)
  • Carrot- ¼ small (finely chopped)
  • Onion- 2 medium (chopped)
  • Tomatoes- 2 medium (roughly chopped)
  • Green chillies- 2 (silted)
  • Tamarind paste- 4-5 tbsp
  • Curry leaves- 4-5
  • Sambhar masala- 2 ½ tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida- a  pinch
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  •  Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam masala- ¼ tsp
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Water- 3 glass of water (or as required)

Sambhar spices

For tempering: –


  • Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
  • Oil- 1 ½ tbsp
  • Curry leaves- 4-6
  • Dried red chilly- 2
  • Black split gram (urad dal)-2 tbsp (soaked in warm water for 45 minutes)


Procedure: –

  • Firstly, take pressure cooker and place it on high flame and heat oil in it. Now add cumin seeds, asafoetida, mustard seeds and sauté.
  • Now add onions and sauté them till pink in color. Now add green capsicum, green chillies, carrot and sauté for 2-4 minutes.
  • Now add water in pressure cooker and other vegetables i.e. tomatoes, ash gourd, bottle gourd and mix well
  • Now add species i.e. turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and split gram with curry leaves and then, pressure cook till 3-4 whistles and off the flame.
  • Take off the lid after 10 minutes and mix well.
  • Take small pan heat oil in it, then add mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chilly and black gram. Sauté well till gram turn brown.
  • Put this mixture in pressure cooker and also add sambhar masala and tamarind pulp in it.


  • Mix well and it’s ready… Serve hot with idli or dosa.


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