Sambar: Indian Vegetable Stew

Sambar: Indian Vegetable Stew

Samber is an Indian vegetable stew with tamarind that is typically served with Idlis, Vadas or rice. Here is a simple recipe to try at home.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Boil the pigeon peas (lentils) and sambar masala with enough water till they are soft. The consistency should be that of a thick soup.
  2. Step 2

    Soak the tamarind in a small bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze well to remove all juice.
  3. Step 3

    Add this purée to the lentils. Mix well. Add salt to taste.
  4. Step 4

    Simmer and add the potatoes to the lentils. Cook until the potatoes are half cooked. Now add the other vegetables and optional drumsticks, and cook until done.
  5. Step 5

    Heat the ghee in a small pan and add the curry leaves, dry red chilies, and mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Fry until the spluttering stops and add to the boiled lentils. Mix well.
  6. Step 6

    Garnish with chopped green coriander . Serve hot with Idlis , Vadas or plain boiled rice.