Sambar Sadam (Sambar Rice)

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Sambar Sadam / Sambar rice is a common dish in most of Tamilnadu vegetarian restaurants. It’s an easy one pot meal, which is a mix of vegetables, lentils and rice with a mild tangy flavour from tamarind. Though it tastes similar to bisi bele baath, the process is completely different. It is ideal for lunch box and tastes great with a simple onion raita.

Sambar sadam doesn’t require any grinding and you can make it during busy hours also. You can choose any vegetables of your choice and satisfy yourself with a wholesome healthy meal. Here is the recipe for a quick sambar sadam.

Sambar Sadam (Sambar Rice)

  • Recipe Cuisine: Tamilnadu
  • Recipe Category: Lunch
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 3 to 4


                ITEM                 QUANTITY
Rice ¾ cup
Toor dal ¼ cup
Tamarind pulp (thin) ½ cup
Vegetables (carrot, beans, brinjal, potato, drumstick, cauliflower etc., ) 2 cups
Shallots or Onion ½ cup
Tomato 1 big
Green chilli 1
Oil 1 tbsp
Whole garam masala (Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom) 1 each
Sambar powder 2 tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Salt As needed
Water 2 ½ cup
Coriander leaves Few

For seasoning:

Ghee 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds ½ tsp
Pepper corns ½ tsp
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Curry leaves 1 sprig
Dry red chilli 2
Cashew nuts 6


1. Wash and soak rice and dal together for 20 mins.

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2. Soak tamarind in a bowl with little water and keep it aside. Meanwhile chop the vegetables and keep it ready.

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3. In a pressure pan heat some oil and add in the whole garam masalas followed by green chilli, shallots and vegetables. Sauté them well.

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4. Add in tomatoes, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix them well and cook till the raw smell goes.

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5. Add rice and dal. Give it a mix and add water.

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6. Let it comes to a single boil. Cover with the lid and let it cook for 3 whistles in medium to high flame and 1 whistle in low to medium flame. Open the lid once the pressure release.

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7. Give it a stir and add in tamarind extract and cook till the raw smell of tamarind goes.

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8. Season it with the items mentioned under `For Seasoning` and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.

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Serve it hot with a pappad and raita 🙂

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* You can add any vegetables of your choice.

*You can substitute sambar powder with red chilli powder and coriander powder.

*You can do this in open vessel also, following the same procedure.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    Liked by 1 person

  2. The presentation of the recipe is commendable, the pictures clearly shows the whole method of cooking. 👌👍

    Liked by 1 person

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