Recipe by reya doucette

A delicious South Indian dal (lentil) to be eaten with idlis or white rice. It is made of 'Tur' or 'Toor' dal available at Indian grocory stores. Black or brown mustard seeds are also available there.

Top Review by TnuSami

I've made this twice now, once for our family and then I mulitplied it by 5 and made it as part of a meal for a large group getting ready to take a trip to southern India for the first time. It's a very good sambar! DH and I really enjoyed it. He said the version served in the rural villages tends to be a little runnier, so for the group meal, I simmered it for quite a bit till the texture was a little more like a soup so the group could practice eating it over rice with their fingers, but for normal use, I wouldn't change a thing!! Thank you so much!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil dal in 1 1/4 cup water, turmeric and salt till soft like mush.
  2. Add corriander, tomatoes, chilli powder, methi powder, hing, tamarind paste and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. In 1 tablespoon hot oil in frying pan put in mustard seeds till they pop. Add onions and fry five minutes add curry leaves.
  4. Pour into dal and stir once.
  5. Serve with idlis or white boiled rice.

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