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Nellai sambar recipe | How to make tirunelveli sambar

Nellai sambar recipe- Tasty and flavorful sambar recipe from Tirunelveli saiva pillai cuisine.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 356kcal


For making sambar masala

  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 6 small onions
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Other ingredients for sambar

  • 1/4 cup toor dal Pressure cook and mash
  • 2 tablespoons thick tamarind extract From small lemon sized tamarind
  • 1.5 cups vegetables drumstick, broad beans,eggplants, carrot, onions
  • 2 tablespoons sambar powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste


To make sambar masala

  • Grind coconut, cumin seeds and small onions into a paste.

To make sambar

  • rinse and pressure cook toor dal. Mash well and set aside.
  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes. Extract thick juice and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the cubed vegetables and saute well. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and saute well.
  • Add tamarind extract and mix well. Add 1.5 cups water and bring to a boil.
  • Add the prepared coconut paste and mix well. Season with salt and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mashed toor dal and mix well.Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  • Add cilantro leaves and mix well. Remove from flame. Serve sambar with rice.


Calories: 356kcal