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Explore this Onam with Delicious Taste of Sambar
Traditional Kerala Sambar Recipe

Kerala Sambar is a dal based mixed vegetable curry. You can add any fresh organic vegetables to this sambar. Let’s make delicious Kerala Sambar on this Onam!


Dal - ½ cup

Drumstick - 1 No

Tomato - 1 No

Carrot - 1 No

Eggplant - 1 No

Okra - 2 Nos

Cucumber - 100gm

Green Banana- ½ of one

French Beans - 3 Nos

Green Chilli - 4 Nos

Onion - 1 No

Turmeric Powder - 1 Pinch

Sambar Powder - 3 Table Spoon

Asafoetida Powder - 1 Tea Spoon

Tamarind - Gooseberry sized ball

Coconut oil - 2 Table Spoon

Mustard Seeds - 1 Tea Spoon

Dry Red Chillies - 3 Nos

Shallot - 5 Nos

Curry Leaves - 2 Springs

Water - to cover the vegetables

Salt - To Taste 


  1. Wash dal and soak in water for minimum 20minutes

  2. In the meantime, wash the vegetables very well. Cut drumstick into 2-inch pieces and other vegetables into medium size (cube shape) pieces. Slice shallots and slit green chillies lengthwise. 

  3. Pressure cook dal and vegetables by adding turmeric powder, sambar powder (1 tablespoon only), salt and enough water to cover the vegetables till you hear a whistle. Turn off the fire and wait till the pressure settles. (It usually takes more than 10 minutes)

  4. In the meantime, soak tamarind in ½ cup of water for 5minutes. Squeeze and take the extract from it and keep it aside. 

  5. Heat remaining 2 tablespoon sambar powder and asafoetida powder in a frying pan to avoid the raw taste. 

  6. When the pressure settles, open the pressure cooker and heat it again by adding tamarind extract asafoetida and sambar powder for 2 minutes on a medium flame. Taste for salt.

  7. Heat coconut oil in a pan and put mustard seeds. When it splutters, add shallots, dry red chillies and curry leaves and saute it. Add this to the prepared sambar.

  8. Kerala sambar is ready for serving. Transfer to the serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves if required.

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