Sambhar is a South Indian dal preparation but now it is popular all over the world This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Main Ingredients Split pigeon peas (arhar dal / tuvar dal), Sambhar masala
Cuisine South Indian
Course Dals and Kadhis
Prep Time 31-40 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Sambhar

  • 1 cup Split pigeon peas (arhar dal / tuvar dal) soaked for 20 minutes, drained and boiled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sambhar masala
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 Dried red chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 10-15 Curry leaves
  • 15-20 Madras onions peeled
  • 8-10 Drumsticks 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Medium tomato chopped
  • 1 Lemon sized ball of tamarind soaked in 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt
  • to serve Steamed rice


  1. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, asafoetida, mix and sauté till fragrant.
  2. Add curry leaves, madras onions, drumsticks and tomato, mix and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Mash the tamarind properly with your fingers and strain the tamarind water into the pan and mix well.
  4. Add sambhar masala, turmeric powder and 1 cup water and mix, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Add salt and boiled pigeon peas, mix well and let the sambhar come to a boil. Switch the heat off and transfer into serving bowl. Serve hot steamed rice.