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Udipi Sambhar

 Published 2008-Jul-17   Updated 2018-Aug-27

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This is the recipe served in the famed Udipi restaurants (the exponents of Mangalorean cuisine worldwide) with dosas and idlis. You do not need sambar powder with this recipe. Omit whichever veges you cannot find. You can make this without veggies too.

Recipe For Udipi Sambhar


  • Tuvar dal (tuvaram paruppu) - 1/2 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilies - 6
  • Coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • Curry leaves - 5 springs
  • Coconut (grated) - 1/4 cup
  • Shallot onions(small red onions called sambar onions in India) - 25-30 (cleaned and peeled)
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Hing (Asaefoetida) - 1 pinch
  • Green chilies - 2 (slit)
  • Vegetables of choice (brinjals,carrots, french beans, pumpkin, yam) - 2 cups (chopped into big chunks)
  • Tamarind pulp - lemon sized ball of tamarind soaked in 1/3 cup of water.
  • Salt - 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste)
  • Jaggery or brown sugar - 1 1/2 teaspoons 
  • Oil - 2 tbsp


  1. Cook the tuvar dal till tender then mash it nicely.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan and roast the fenugreek seeds till light red, then add 1/2 tsp urad dal and let it saute till they change colour too.
  3. Add the red chilli and coriander seeds.
  4. Add 3 springs of curry leaves and the grated coconut and roast.
  5. They should all turn light brown and aromatic.
  6. Cool and grind to a fine paste with a little water.
  7. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the mustard seed.
  8. When they splutter add 1/2 tsp of urad dal and the hing. Fry for a minute.
  9. Add the onions and green chillies and the rest of the curry leaves.
  10. Add your choice of vegetables. Fry till you get a nice aroma.
  11. Add a little water. Cover and cook till the veggies are done.
  12. Extract pulp from the tamarind and add to the vegetables.
  13. Add salt to taste and crumbled jaggery (you can use brown sugar also i think) and cook till the raw smell of the tamarind disappears.
  14. Add the mashed dal and the ground masala.
  15. Mix well and add a little water if required.
  16. Simmer for a few mins.
  17. Serve with dosas, idlis or rice.

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Comments (18)

Person   ()
Please give Desi Name of- 1.Tamarind, 2.Asafoetida, 3.Cilantro, 4.Fenugreek seeds . Your recipes are very tastey.
Person   ()
Here's the complete list of desi names ( To answer your question tamarind is imli, asafoetida is hing, cilantro is hara dhanya and fenugreek seeds is methi dhana.
Person   ()
It is rathar difficult here in Mumbai suburbs to get shallots or what is called SAMBAHAR ONIONS. Can one substitute with the regular onions?
Person   ()
Yes you can.
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I dont know when the tamarind's raw smell goes away ? Can you help ?
Person   ()
The raw smell of the tamarind will be gone when the gravy boiles for a minute or two.
Person   ()
such a wonderful one thanks for adding......all ur dishes were awsome....
as i'm a begineer for cooking they help me a lot thanks mam
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You are welcome yuvedha..
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Very super
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Thank you.
Person   ()
seems quite tasty and I love indian vegetarian food; I will try this receipe thanks.nicely explained.
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Do try it out and give your feedback.
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superb taste. appreciated by many. thank you for the information.
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I liake this Receipe. Please send to my e mail
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very yummy recipe.thanks dear
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u r welcome..

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