March 06, 2013

Potato Sambar / Urulaikizhangu Sambar

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Sambhar is an inevitable part of South Indian cuisine. A preparation involving vegetables,tamarind water,thoor dhall(pigeon peas) and a special spice powder called Sambar powder.
Various vegetables like drumstick,potato,bell pepper/capsicum,lady's finger/okra,Radish,Brinjal etc are used in the making of sambhar.
A perfect combination would be hot steamed rice,sambhar and some fried/roasted papads (fritters).
For the Not So Calorie Specific,drizzling of fresh ghee on the rice adds up some more flavour.

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 2-3

Urulaikizhangu Sambar /Potato Sambar

2 medium sized potatoes
1 medium sized onion
2 tbsp Sambar powder (Recipe here)
1/4 cup thoor dhaal/pigeon peas/thuvaram paruppu
Cherry sized Tamarind ball
pinch of turmeric
pinch of asafoetida/hing
coriander leaves/cilantro

1 tsp mustard seeds
curry leaves - few no


  • Wash and pressure cook the thoor dhall with a pinch of turmeric for 2-3 whistles or till soft and mushy.
  • Soak the tamarind in warm water for about 5 mins and extract juice out of the tamarind.
  • Cut the onions and potatoes into medium sized cubes.
  • Heat a little oil in a kadai and saute the onions till pink,next saute the potatoes.
  • Pour in the tamarind extract,salt and about 1-2 cups of  water.
  • Let the mixture come to a boil for about 8-10 mins,add the sambar powder and the cooked dhall and mix well and cook for about 5 mins.
  • Season using mustard seeds,curry leaves and asafoetida.Garnish with coriander/cilantro.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice and any fried/roasted papad/fritters.


  1. This sure is One of d best recipes to make a resturant style sambhar or even better(coz it's definately made in a hygenic way ��)...
    Made it using Drumsticks and pumpkin...Turned out really neat...
    Well I guess there are perks of having a south indian frnd �� loved d recipe and love you too Priya ��


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