How to make vegetable sambar south indian dish – Mixed vegetable sambhar recipe

Mixed vegetable sambhar

Vegetable sambar is easy and quick to prepare. Sambar is common part of south Indian meals. Mixing of different vegetables in sambar gives a different flavor to the dish. Either it is lunch or dinner without the sambar it’s incomplete. Sambar is said to be healthy dish too because of ingredients used in it. Yellow lentils is the main ingredient used in making of sambar, this lentils consists of lot of vitamins and proteins. Eating of yellow lentils gives an instant energy.

Vegetable sambar is a pure vegetarian dish that is mostly served in south Indian. Even the menu in restaurant consists of this tasty item. I caught this recipe from my mom. Thought the names are same but the procedure has a little variation. Just look at the recipe and start tasting yummy and hot sambar. I have used vegetables like drumsticks, ladies finger and mango to give this recipe a great taste. Here you go.

Mixed vegetable sambhar

sambar final output



  • Toor dal / Yellow lentils / Kandipappu – 1 ½ cup
  • Tamarind (big lemon size)
  • Poppy seeds – 2tbsp
  • Oil  – 3tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tbsp
  • Salt (required)
  • Drumsticks – 2 cups
  • Ladies finger – 1 cup
  • Mango – 1
  • Jaggery – 20grms
  • Asafoetida – ½ tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 2tbsp
  • Onions – 2
  • Green chilies – 4
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Tomatoes – 2

How to Make

Step 1: Take a pressure cooker. Add toor dal to it.

Step 2: Wash the toor dal nicely for 2 times.

Step 3: Add 3 ½ cups fresh water to the washed toor dal.

Step 4: Take tomatoes cut them into medium size pieces and put it into the toor dal cooker.

tomatoes cut


Step 5: Cover the pressure cooker with lid and keep it on stove.

Step 6: Give a medium flame to the cooker. Cook it till get 6 whistles.

medium flame


Step 7: Turn off the flame and let the pressure goes out. Keep this a side.

Step 8: Take a bowl and soak the tamarind in water.

tamarind in water


Step 9: Chop the vegetables like drumstick, ladies finger and mango into medium pieces.

Step 10: Same way chop the onions and green chilies also.

onions and green chilies


Step 11: Take a thick bottom vessel on stove. Add oil to it.

Step 12: Heat it in low flame. After oil getting hot add poppy seeds.

hot add poppy seeds


Step 13: Fry them till they become yellow in shade.

Step 14: Add onions, curry leaves and green chilies to it.  

Step 15: Add asafoetida to the frying onions.

Step 16: Put the chopped vegetables into this mixture.

chopped vegetables


Step 17: Mix them all nicely. Add turmeric, salt and red chili powder.

salt and red chili powder


Step 18: Again mix them all.

Step 19: Make the juice from tamarind which you soaked in water.

Step 20: Through down the pulp and add the juice into this vessel.

Step 21: Add two glasses of water to this tamarind juice vessel.

Step 22: Let the vegetables cook in this liquid for 5 minutes by covering the vessel with lid.

Step 23: Now open the pressure cooker lid and start mashing the dal.

cooker lid and start mashing


Step 24: It will form into a fine paste.

Step 25: Pour this toor dal paste into the vegetable vessel which is boiling on stove.

Step 26: Mix well. Check the thickness of sambar. If required add some more water.

thickness of sambar


Step 27: Boil the liquid for at least 10 minutes in low flame.

Step 28: Turn off the flame. Garnish the sambar with coriander leaves.

Garnish the sambar


This sambar quantity can be served to 10 members.

There is no age limit of eating this dish, starting from 6 months of baby to old age. Toor dal is a legume containing the proteins which you can gain in meat or fish but low cholesterol and low fat. Eating of toor dal provides us the folic acid, fiber and carbohydrates. So after hearing these many benefits I am sure no one will be ready to lose this without eating.

If you want to taste this vegetable sambar take it in hot rice or idly. Both are said to be better combination for sambar.