Sambhar Masala Lentil Vegetable Curry by RawSpiceBar  | Mealz

Sambhar Masala Lentil Vegetable Curry

3 Servings

40 min Prep, 30 min Cook


Contains Mustard


A flavorful South Indian soup-like dish made with a variety of vegetables.
It could be said that a South Indian meal is incomplete without sambar.

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  • For the curry:
  • For the tempering (tadka/chaunk) of sambar:

Cooking Stages

  • For the Lentil Vegetable Curry:
    • First soak the tamarind in warm water for 30 mins. pick and rinse the dal in water well.

    • Boil dal in 2.5 to 3 cups water in the pressure cooker for 8-9 whistles on medium to high flame, the dal should become soft and mushy.

    • Once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.

    • Now add the chopped veggies, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. Add 2 cup water and stir well.

    • Pressure cook again for 1 whistle on medium to high flame. Once the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid.

    • Add the RawSpiceBar’s Sambhar Masala and tamarind pulp. if the consistency of sambar is thick, then add some water.

    • Keep the cooker on the stove and and then simmer the sambar for 10-12 minutes on a low flame.

    • Keep on stirring at intervals so that the dal does not stick to the bottom. switch off and keep the sambar covered.

    • In a small pan, heat oil. crackle the mustard seeds first.

    • Then add the fenugreek seeds, garlic, red chilies, asafoetida and curry leaves.

    • Fry till the garlic turns a light brown and the red chilies change color. pour the whole tempering in the steaming hot sambar. close with a lid so that the flavors infuse for about 5-6 minutes.

    • Later stir and then serve the vegetable sambar with steamed rice or idli or dosa or medu vada.

  • Notes:
    • For faster cooking you can soak the lentils in water for 30-45 mins before cooking them.

    • Usually the vegetables are not cooked in a pressure cooker but in another pan. But cooking the vegetables in the pressure cooker saves a lot of time and also preserves the nutrients of the vegetables.

    • You can also add about ¼ or ½ tsp garam masala powder to the sambar when you add the veggies. The use of garam masala powder gives a spicy flavour and taste to sambar.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 709.7 g

Amount Per Serving
Calories 508 cals25%
% Daily Value*
Kilojoules 2135.7 kJ25%
Fat 12.7 g20%
Sodium 434 mg19%
Carbohydrate 81.1 g27%
Protein 17.9 g36%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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