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udupi sambar recipe
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Udupi sambar recipe | Easy lunch recipes

Udupi sambar recipe, tasty and flavorful dal based sambar made with fresh spice blend!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 1 cup cubed veggies ash gourd, eggplant,pumpkin etc
  • 1 big lemon sized tamarind ball
  • 2 tablespoons sambar powder *
  • 1 teaspoon grated jaggery
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • salt
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • * Sambar powder
  • Roast the below ingredients in 1/2 teaspoon oil, cool and rind to a coarse/fine powder
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons channa dal
  • 2 teaspoons urad dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 1 tablespoon grated coconut


  • Pressure cook 1/2 cup toor dal until very soft. Once the pressure is released, mash the dal very well and set aside. Soak a big lemon sized tamarind in 1/2 cup water for 30 minutes. Extract thick pulp and set aside.
  • Heat 3 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let it pop. Add curry leaves and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add cubed ash gourd, pumpkin and egg plants. Mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add turmeric powder and saute well.
  • Add tamarind pulp and mix well. Add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, add about 2 tablespoons of prepare udupi sambar powder. Mix well and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add mashed dal, required salt,jaggery and mix well and bring to a boil. Cook till the sambar thickens to required consistency. Serve udupi sambar hot with rice.


1. You can use kopparai ( dry coconut) instaed of fresh coconut in the sambar powder when making in large quantity.
2. Adjust the ingredients in spice blend as per taste.
3. You can add shallots or pearl onions along with other vegetables.


Calories: 435kcal