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Sambar Rice (Sadham)

Toor dhal cooked with vegetables in spices

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

This hotel-taste and mouthwatering sambar rice can be done in 20 mins .

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 3/4 cup toor dhal
    • 2 cups boiled rice
    • 1 cup carrots and french beans(cut into small pieces)
    • 1 drumstick(cut into small pieces)
    • 3 no.s green chillies (slit lengthwise)
    • 4 no.s garlic(cut)
    • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
    • 2 tsp salt (to taste)
    • 1 no onion(chopped)
    • 1 no tomato(chopped)
    • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
    • 1/4 cup grated coconut
    • 1 cup tamarind pulp(extracted from lemon-size tamarind ball)
    • 5 cups water
    • 2 tsp refined oil
    • 2 tsp ghee
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp chopped curry leaves
    • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
    • 5 tsp dry roast the following spices for 2 mins and grind together -(whole red chillies- 7 no.s , coriander seeds-3 tsp,gram dhal-1 tsp,urad dhal(without skin) - 1/2 tsp,fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp, curry leaves- 4 leaves)
    • 2 tsp coconut oil


    1. Dry roast the spices first as mentioned in the ingredients.
    2. Heat oil  in a pressure pan. Put mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander and curry leaves, green chillies,garlic cloves, ground all spices-3tsp,and turmeric powder and saute well for 2 mins.
    3. Add asafoetida powder,turmeric powder and toor dhal,tamarind pulp and water and allow it to boil for 5 mins.
    4. Add the vegetable pieces, rice and salt and cover the pressure pan and cook upto 5 whistle.
    5. Remove from the fire and keep aside for 10 mins.
    6. Open the pressure pan , pour ghee and coconut oil on top and add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
    7. Serve this Sambar rice with mango thokku and papadam.



    I love Sambar rice but it never turns as tasty as the hotel one . Will surely try out dis recipe . Thank U so much .

    Mr Shah

    lot's of work but looks very yummy will give it a short. Thanks for sharing