Vegetable Sambar – Short Cut sambar served with Daliya mixed dal Dosa .img_0723

          Sambar is one of the most loved dish and a popular South Indian recipe. It is a lentil based stew prepared with Cooked Lentils,  Variety of Vegetables , tamarind ,Sambar powder( Spiced powder prepared by dry roasting Spices and blended  into a fine powder) Jaggery( Brown Sugar) and tempering  with Ghee , whole  Red chillies and Hing. Sambar is usually served with Steamed rice or with Idli, Dosa and Vada are popular south Indian Breakfast. Today I’m sharing my version of Sambar recipe in 3 easy steps which you can prepare ahead of time and refrigerate it and bring to boil before Lunch/ Dinner .

                     The INGREDIENTS are numbered 15 , but they are just  DALS, VEGETABLES and SPICES . I have used two types of Dals and Prepared Masala by roasting spices and blending with tomatoes and dals and mixed with variety of vegetables . For best results add tempering with ghee and pour to the sambar before refrigerating so it will become flavorful . What I love about this recipe is it stays good for more than 3 days . I don’t like to eat any vegetable next day , but I like to eat  sambar with my lunch/ dinner every single day along with Raita , Stir Fry Vegetable. This recipe is a Quick Friday night Dinner with Left Over Vegetables.


Here is my recipe . Recipe for Daliya mixed Dal Dosa

Preparation time : 15 minutes  Cooking time : 15 minutes


1. Toor Dal – One Handful , Channa Dal – One Handful

2. Green Squash ( Lauki) – Medium

3. Tomatoes – 2

4. Onion -1 Medium

5. Potatoes -3

6.  Baby Carrots – 20

7. Garlic – 3

8. Ginger – small piece

9. Oil – 2 tbsp.

10. Ghee – 1 tbsp.

11. Dry coconut or Fresh Coconut – 2 tbsp. and tamarind 

12. Seasoning – Mustard seeds , Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp. , Hing – Pinch , Red chillies – 2 , Cuury Leaves – 5

13. Water – 2 glasses (16 Ounces)

14. Finely Chopped coriander Leaves

15. SPICES TO GRIND : Dry roast Cumin seeds , Coriander seeds – 1tbsp each , Fenugreek and Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp. each , Pepper cons – 5 , Red chillies -2 to 4  . Cool and grind with 2 tbsp Coconut , 3 cloves of Garlic , Small piece of ginger , tamarind and Jaggery .

METHOD :img_07201. Soak dals for Half hour . Wash and Pressure Cook for 2 to 3 Whistles or else in the Microwave. Cool the dal  . 

2. Chop the Vegetables ( Green Squash, Carrots, Potato and Onion )

3..  Grind the Spices with Coconut,  Tamarind , Jaggery ,Garlic – 3 and small piece of Ginger.  Add 1/2 glass Water and grind to fine Paste. Add tomatoes and Cooked Dal and Blend with Half more glass water . To this Masala Paste add Salt , Turmeric , 1 tbsp. Curry Powder .

4. Add Vegetables and One more glass water .  Refrigerate or Bring to Boil if you want to serve immediately.

5. Heat 2 tbsp. Oil and 1 tbsp. Ghee and Splutter Mustard seeds , Cumin seeds, Urad dal , Red chillies, Hing and Curry Leaves. Add the seasoning to the Sambar . Check for Salt and Sweetness and adjust accordingly . Garnish with finely Chopped coriander Leaves .

ENJOY YOUR LUNCH /DINNER with less work .



  1. Hi Sandhya..I follow your blog for healthy recipes both here and on Euphoric delight .I admire how much you know in detail about our food. I would love if you add more info about the health .(at the end of each recipe something about the ingredients )
    I learn from this comment you said
    “Sandhya Akula Just info :
    Ever wonder what the white liquid that forms on the top of Yogurt or Cottage cheese is?
    Do you stir it in or pour it out ? The liquid is whey , a high source of protein .
    It is often used as a supplement for muscle strength and for the prevention of heart disease and Diabetes “


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