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Kerala Sambar

Onam Recipes : Kerala Sambar / Mixed vegetable sambar - Another Onam Sadya recipe, serve with red rice and banana chips for Kerala food heaven!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine south indian
Servings 3 servings


  • 1/2 cup tur dal (dry)
  • 1 drumstick
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 potato medium
  • 1 onion medium
  • 6 ash gourd chunks
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder

for tempering

  • 2 tsps coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 - 3 chillies dried red
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 - 5 1 shallots onion or small , thinly sliced


  • Pressure cook the dal and keep aside.
  • Cut drumstick into 4-5 pieces. Peel and chop carrot and potato into large chunks.
  • Peel and cut onion into thick slices.
  • In a small pressure cooker or pan, heat coconut oil. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek. Stir for few seconds.
  • Add all vegetables, turmeric, salt and 1/2 cup light tamarind extract (or 1 tsp turmeric paste whisked in 1/2 cup hot water).
  • If cooking them in a pan, cover and simmer until potato/carrot is cooked. In a pressure pan / cooker, close with the lid and pressure cook for one whistle.
  • Open, add in the sambar powder, asafoetida, mashed dal. Adjust salt as per taste. Bring to a simmer.
  • Heat the oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add the curry leaves and red chillies. Then add the sliced shallots and stir until golden brown.
  • Transfer this over the sambar and keep covered until ready to serve.
  • Serve with red rice and banana chips.


How to pressure cook dal:
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