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Mixed Vegetable Sambar | Idli dosa best side dish

Mixed Vegetable Sambar
Sambar is a popular recipe from South India. It is served as a side dish to Rice. It is also served with vadai, pongal, Idli and Dosa. It has its origin in Tanjore Maratha's Kitchen. Lot of variation exists for preparing this sambar. Some people prepare sambar with only some dry powders and tamarind. Sambar in Karnataka side will be sweeter. The below tasty sambar recipe is from Coimbatore, we grind the spices, and add toor dal,tamarind and variety of  vegetables. Our Sambar will be thicker in consistency and goes well with rice, vadai, pongal, Idli and dosa.  Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Mixed Vegetable Sambar.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins 
Ready In: 45 mins
Yields 4 servings

Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Table 1:To Grind
Oil1 tsp
Coriander seeds4 tsp
Channa Dal4 tsp
Cumin Seeds1/2 tsp
Red Chillies3
Onions chopped 1/2 Cup
Curry leaves3
Tomato chopped1/2 Cup
Dry coconut flakes2 tbsp
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Coriander powder1 tsp
coriander leaves2 stalk

Table 2:
Oil1 tbsp
Mustard1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves3
Asafoetida Powderpinch
Veggies of your choice chopped1 cup
Red Gram Dhal / Toor Dhal / Thuvaram Paruppu1/2 cup
Tamarind Half lemon size
Sambhar Powder (Optional)1 tsp
coriander leaves2 stalk

  • Wash Red Gram Dhal/Toor Dhal(Thuvaram paruppu) and soak in water for 30 mins. Pressure cook it for 4-5 whistles.

  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the seeds and fibre to get the tamarind juice. Filter the seeds and fibre. Add the tamarind juice to cooked dhal and also add coriander leaves mentioned in table 2.

  • Fry all the ingredients mentioned in table 1 . Heat Oil in pan. Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds , channa dhal, curry leaves and red chillies. When channa dhal turns golden brown colour, add onions. Fry till onions turn translucent. Add tomato, coriander powder, chilli powder and fry till tomatoes turn mushy. Switch off the stove add shredded coconut and coriander leaves. Allow the mixture to cool and grind it to a coarse paste.

  • Cook vegetables separately by adding enough water. I have added drumsticks, radish, raw mango and lady's finger. Remove from stove. Heat 1 tbsp of oil and add mustard seeds,Cumin seeds,Curry Leaves and Asafoedita powder.

  • Let them splutter,then add chopped shallots and fry till they turn translucent. Add cooked  vegetables and fry for a min.

  • Add  water,grinded mixture, cooked toor dal,tamarind and Salt.When the gravy boils, add sambar powder and garnish with coriander leaves.
Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Mixed Vegetable Sambar

Adding coconut while grinding is optional. If you are planning to keep sambar for full day, avoid adding coconut
Adding 1 tsp of Jaggery, when sambar boils enhances the taste of Sambar.

Best side dish for Idli / Dosa best side dish


  1. I am not a big fan of sambar and its once a while for me. But my other half can drowned into sambar and will have it almost with anything, like bread, tosai,idli and rice.

    A perfect make for him with the lovely splatter of flavors and burst of tastes.

  2. Lovely and super sambar, delicious and healthy...

  3. I love sambar :-) and this is absolutely as per my taste. Thanks for sharing with such fine details :-)

  4. yummy and delicious combo :) sambhar is tempting me !! :)

  5. this looks so tempting with lovely presentation...

  6. Sambar is such a comfort dish.. Looks very yummy and delicious.. Nice clicks Nithya :-)

  7. lovely sambhar....wonderful clicks !

  8. Yummy!!! Next time i'll try your version...


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