Friday, July 17, 2009

Hotel Sambhar/ Lentils in tamarind gravy

I have always wondered of how people make sambhar in the hotels. Few use coconut in it and other don't. This is another recipe contributed by Gayathri (she contributed the spinach rice recipe too). Until I prepared this sambhar and tried it out...............I had no idea that hotel sambhar uses moong dal to prepare this. This sambhar is fantastic and goes very well with dosas and idly. You can also use this sambhar for making sambhar vada or sambhar idly.


1/2 cup toor dal
1/2 cup moong dal
small size tamarind soaked in hot water
1 onion chopped
2 big tomatoes chopped
1 tbsp sambhar powder
salt to taste
mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies and aesofotida for tempering
freshly chopped corriander leaves for garnish


Pressure cook both the dals until soft. Meanwhile heat the pan with oil and fry the onions. Add tomatoes and cook them well. Add the sambhar powder followed by the tamarind juice. Keep adding the mashed dals and cooking it real well. Add salt according to taste and add little water if needed. This sambhar has to be slow cooked in order to get the perfect flavour. In a separate pan heat little oil/ ghee and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies and aesofotida. Temper the sambhar with this and also granish with chopped corriander leaves.


  1. yeah i read abt this recipe in a book and told rumsie also. She said she tried it out and the result is amazing. Good that you also tried this now, but u know i am yet to try this method:-)

  2. that's true. subbu loves it . everytime i make idlies or dosai, i have to make this sambhar. i do add veggies. always a hit

  3. I used to use whole of moong dal when preparing sambar for Idly,dosa. This looks different.

  4. We usually use whole of toor dal. This recipe is indeed different from the usual sambhar preparation but this one is real good. Trust me!

  5. actually if we use JUST THE MOOONG DAL and make it, then we call it gothsu which wl go very well with dili dosa and pongal too. You can use eggplants( tender kathrikai) and/ or other veggies with onion and tomato too