Vegan Red Lentil Indian Sambar

Vegan Red Lentil Indian Sambar

Sambar is a popular vegetarian Indian food dish, made with red lentils, mustard seeds, onion and fiery green chilies. This version is vegan as well.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Combine the lentils and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Step 3

    Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer until soft, 30 minutes. Set aside, do not drain.
  4. Step 4

    Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds.
  5. Step 5

    When they begin to pop, add the onion, garlic, chiles, and ginger and cook until softened - about 5 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Stir in the tomatoes, then add the sambar powder, coriander, cayenne, cumin, and salt.
  7. Step 7

    Add the carrots, cauliflower, green beans, and eggplant. Cover and cook for 5 minutes to soften.
  8. Step 8

    Add the vegetable mixture to the reserved lentils, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are soft - about 20 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick, add more water.
  9. Step 9

    Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and cook 5 minutes longer. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  10. Step 10

    Serve and enjoy! Vegetarian red lentil sambar recipe reprinted with permission from "Vegan Fire & Spice: 200 Sultry and Savory Global Recipes" by chef Robin Robertson.