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Instant South Indian Sambar Recipe for Masala Dosa

Instant South Indian Sambar Recipe for Masala Dosa is a mildly spicy recipe from South India. Sambar is a combination of lentil, vegetables, tamarind juice and some mild spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Puja


  • 1 cup Split Pigeon Peas
  • 2 Potato
  • 200 gms Beans
  • 3 Carrot
  • 2 Green Brinjal
  • 2 Onion
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 tbsp Sambar Masala Powder
  • 4 tbsp Tamarind Paste or taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed

For the tempering:

  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 12 pcs Curry Leaves
  • 4 pcs Whole Red Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
  • 4 tbsp Oil


  1. Chop all the vegetables in a bite size including onion.
  2. In a pressure cooker add tuvar dal, all the chopped vegetables, turmeric powder, salt, and water.

  3. Pressure cook over medium flame for 3-4 whistles.
  4. Turn off the flame and allow it to stand until pressure comes down naturally.
  5. Open the lid and stir the mixture well using a spatula.

  6. Add sambar masala powder and tamarind paste and mix well. Add the desired amount of water so that it doesn't become too watery. Bring it to boil.  (Sambar tends to thicken very fast so you can adjust the quantity of water depending on your choice)

  7. Once it gets boiled switch off the gas.
  8. Now heat 4 tbsp oil in a wok/pan on a medium flame.
  9. Add mustard seeds to it.
  10. When seeds pop up, reduce the heat and add curry leaves, whole red chilli, asafoetida. Fry for a minute. Turn off the heat.
  11. Pour the seasoning to the sambar. Mix well.

  12. Serve hot along with masala dosa and chutney.
  13. This can also be served along with Rice.