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Nellai sambar recipe | How to make tirunelveli sambar
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Nellai sambar recipe- Tasty and flavorful sambar recipe from Tirunelveli saiva pillai cuisine.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 356 kcal
Ingredients (1 cup=250 ml)
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
  1. Grind coconut, cumin seeds and small onions into a paste.

To make sambar
  1. rinse and pressure cook toor dal. Mash well and set aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes. Extract thick juice and set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a pan. Temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  4. Add the cubed vegetables and saute well. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and saute well.

  5. Add tamarind extract and mix well. Add 1.5 cups water and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the prepared coconut paste and mix well. Season with salt and boil for 5 minutes.

  7. Add the mashed toor dal and mix well.Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  8. Add cilantro leaves and mix well. Remove from flame. Serve sambar with rice.