Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

A kind of vegetable soup served in South India, usually accompanying idli or masala dosa. This version has some *slightly* Americanized ingredient options, if you can't find the vegetables native to India.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place toor dal, turmeric, salt, asoefetida and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until dal is cooked, adding water if it evaporates, for about 30-45 minutes.
  2. Place tempering ingredients in a small saute pan and heat until curry leaves begin to sputter, then add to dal soup.
  3. Mix tamarind paste with hot water and the strain through a sieve, pressing with the back of a spoon to get all the pulp.
  4. Place ingredients for sambar in the pan with the soup and top up with water to cover. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, adjusting water amount to your liking. If drumsticks are woody, discard them before serving.