Friday, July 23, 2010

The Hotel Sambhar

I know everyone of us drool as we see the waiter bring in the yummy sambhar along with hot idlis, dosa or rice...I always wanted to make something that tasted at least somewhat like the nearest cousin of THE HOTEL SAMBHAR ...then one fine day found out this recipe from some old tamil newspaper clippings i have been collecting and i made few chages for better taste and ease of cooking

This is dedicated to my BIL (Sathya) for taking photos as and when I asked

This recipe is very easy as well very delicious..
try this and let me know


Toor Dhall - 1 cup
Sambhar onions(shallots) - 15 nos
Tomato ripe - 3 nos
Drumstick - 8 finger length pieces
Brinjal - 1 cut into cubes
Green chili - 1
Garlic - 2 pods
Tamarind juice - size of a amla
Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp roast it in a kadai till it turns little brown
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Sambhar powder - 2 tbsp
Jaggery - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 2tbsp
0il - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
asafoetida - 3/4 tsp
Coriander leaves


Wash the toor dhall and pressure cook it with little salt for 4 whistles and mash it well

Cook brinjal and drumstick seperately with little salt and turmeric powder

Now heat Oil in a deep Pan and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, hing and wait till it splutters

Now add onions, slit green chili and garlic pods and cook till they are brown

Add tomatoes that are finely chopped along with chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy

Now pour in two cups of water along with tamarind juice ,cooked and mashed dhall, sambhar powder, cooked vegetables , jaggery and roasted coconut and let it simmer till the raw smell is gone

When the sambhar boils add in Ghee and coriander leaves and let it cook for 2 mins

This can be served with idlis, dosas and rice


  1. lovely pic... looks awesome :)

  2. I tried this recipie varsh. Came out really superb. Yummy !!!


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