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For years we have been preparing food and consuming just based on taste, nutrition or tradition. Sambar Sadham is very common in the south...

Sambar Sadham/ Rice With Lentils And Veggies

For years we have been preparing food and consuming just based on taste, nutrition or tradition. Sambar Sadham is very common in the south of India. They prepare this lentil soup with veggies and serve it with rice, idli, dosai or something rice based. It is also the first course in any traditional meal or celebration. Everyday it is prepared and consumed in most households in the south. There are many varieties of sambar, but what I mostly enjoy is the sambar sadham.

The recipe posted here comes highly recommended by my sister. Not only has it won the best dish at potluck, but we all know if you have your name attached to any kind of food that is prepared, it must be something special. Here is a recipe of the sambar sadham that we had for dinner which is popularly known in Troy, MI as Mala's Sambar Sadham. I have followed the recipe to the tee and it is absolutely delicious. We had such an enjoyable dinner relishing pipping hot sambar sadham with appalam on a very cold rainy night. Mala thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with us and making me one happy soul.


Pressure Cooker
Stainless Steel Bowl
Seasoning Wok
Heavy Bottom Wok
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Cutting Board

Ingredients: Serves 8
                                             For  Cooking Rice: 20 Minutes

Long Grain Rice - 1 cup
Thoor Dhal - 1 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - 6 Cups

For Additional Powder: 5 Minutes
Oil - 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds - 3 tbsp
Channa Dhal - 3 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 4 to 6
Cloves - 4 to 6
Fresh Coconut - 1 cup ( I used 3 tbsp)
Asafoetida pieces - a pinch
Methi Seeds - 1/2 tsp

                                               For Making the Sambar: 15-20 Minutes
Any of these Vegetables ( shallots, carrots, bell pepper, drumstick, potato, brinjal, peas, beans, pearl onions, onions) - 5 cups
Tamarind - smaller than golf ball
Water - 5 cups
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Cilantro - 3 tbsp for garnishing
Sugar - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida Pieces - 2 pinches
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee- 2 tbsp for garnishing


1. Pressure cook rice, thoor dal and turmeric powder with 6 cups of water to 3 whistles on medium high.

2. Soak tamarind in 5 cups of water. Cut the vegetables, heat the heavy bottom pan with oil. Season with asafetida, mustard seeds, curry leaves. Add shallots or pearl onions and cook for sometime. Then add the rest of the veggies, salt, sambar powder and mix well for a few minutes before adding the tamarind water.Allow it to cook for 12 minutes.

3. Heat the seasoning wok with 1 tsp oil. Add all the ingredients for making the additional powder. Roast and powder the mix. Add this mixture to the vegetable sambar mix after it cooks for 12 minutes. Let it cook for 3 minutes.

4. Add the cooked rice and dal to the sambar and mix well. The sambar rice should not be thick, it should be almost porridge like. Add sugar, mix and cook on low for a few minutes. Check to see if the salt is right, garnish with cilantro, curry leaves and ghee and serve them hot with appalam and vadam.


  1. such a nice and tasty recipe

  2. Wow the recipe makes me drooling.Nice and one pot meal.

  3. Looks delicious. I must try this one.

  4. That’s one of my favorite rice !! looks so superb !!

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  5. Woww. looks super delicious.. inviting clicks too. thanks for sharing dear !!
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  6. Even I made it this weekend, like the way you have displayed it..

  7. I have tried this recipe and love it. I add 1 piece of cinnamon also to the recipe and it tastes like bisebela.. I am glad you are sharing it with everyone...

  8. Looks Awesome !!! And the pictures look so Inviting!!!!

  9. The pictures are so good. The rice looks great

  10. Cute kalchatti, missing that. Sambar sadham is geat one pot meal.

  11. pics r just tempting me.looks yumm...Book Marking.....

  12. Super one.. i love sambhar saadham too! Loved the cal chetto photo.. very nice..my very first time to your space & must say its lovely :).. happy to follow u! do visit my space sometime!!

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  13. Hi Srimathi.. 1st time here. I love your blog design. Its beautiful! :)
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  14. nice click n yummy llookiong rice..