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Sambar Rice – Lentil Rice

I was planning to make this sambar sadam since a long time. After I saw this recipe in by Sharmilee, I loved it.

I tried this sambar rice and it really tastes like Vasantha Bhavan’s sambar rice :) I added the vegetables to my taste and I’ve also added the green chilli. This is really a very nice recipe and easy to make too. I’ve suggested this recipe to couple of my friends and everyone said it came out really good.

Preparation Time: 45 mins
Spice level : 3 out of 5
No of Servings : 3-4


  • Oil : 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds : 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida: a pinch
  • Curry leaves: a few
  • Green chilly : 1
  • Shallots: 9
  • Tomato: 1 (chopped)
  • Salt: to taste
  • Drumsticks: 3-4  (You can use any type of vegetables)
  • Brinjal: 1
  • Beans: 6
  • Carrot: 1/2
  • Potato : 1(small)
  • Capsicum : 1/2
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Rice : 1 cup
  • Toor dal: 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind: lemon size
  • Coriander leaves : 2 tbsp
  • Ghee: 1 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Soak the rice and toor dal for 15 minutes
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and the mustard seeds.
  3. After it spluttered, add the fennel seeds followed by the asafoetida, curry leaves, green chilly and shallots.
  4. Fry the shallots till they become translucent and add the chopped tomatoes followed by the salt.
  5. Now add all the vegetables followed by turmeric powder and sambar powder.
  6. Fry them for 2 minutes.
  7. Take 2 cups of tamarind extract and add to the mixture.
  8. Now add the soaked rice and dal and 3 more cups of water.
  9. Now cover the lid and pressure cook it for 6 whistles.
  10. After opening the lid add the coriander leaves and the ghee.
  11. Mix well and serve when it is hot with chips or potato fry.

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  1. love to have it anytime.looks delicious.nice spread.And what curry is behind that?any usili

    • Thanks Jeya. You guessed it right , it’s usili and red swiss chard avial on the side.

    • Thanks Jeya. You guessed it right, it’s usili and red swiss chard avial on the side.

  2. Loved your variation in sambar rice… The whole thali looks so inviting.Bookmarked it..soon will try.

  3. that is quite an interesting spread

  4. the plate looks very appetising and inviting
    i would love to have that plate for my meal
    thanks for the post

  5. Perfect sambar rice u’ve got, luv sambar rice anytime

  6. sambar rice looks very very delicious arti…very tempting clicks

  7. Nice sambar rice, i love this kind of one pot meal.

  8. My kind of food, just drooling here..

  9. I love sambar rice and your pic is simply mouth watering !!!

  10. deliciously looking good sambhar rice..

  11. Looks yum arti, love the clicks

  12. lovely rice, beautiful

  13. OH!! that is such a mouthwatering platter..very comforting n nice dear!

  14. arthi, superb sambhar sadham! what are all the poriyals on the side? looks so tempting!

    • It’s usili and red swiss chard avial on the side lavi. Thanks for your comments.

  15. Hi Arthi

    That’s a very delicious looking sambar rice. Great photos as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Thanks everyone for your yummy comments!!!

  17. yummylicious..bookmarked this recipe!!

  18. Your sambar-rice and the whole plate looks fabulous! Will keep this recipe in mind. Thanks!

  19. Tried this dish… turned out very delicious…. thanks & keep up the good work!!!

  20. Hi Arthi,

    I prepared this dish a weekend and wow it tasted so amazing…thanks for such a wonderful recipe

    • Thanks for trying it and letting us know :) Its very encouraging!!

  21. Thank you all :)

  22. Hi Arthi,

    I tried your sambar rice recipe today.. It came out very well!Thanks a lot for such an awesome recipe.

    • Thank you so much!!!

  23. hi arthi ,
    kinda dumb question, when u say lemon size , do u mean like indian lemon size or us lemon size ??? could u explain in diameter , like a ball of this many cm ????

    • Sorry for the delayed reply and sorry for the confusion. take Indian lemon size.

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