July 05, 2023

Maangai Sambar | Raw Mango Vegetable Sambar

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 Raw mangoes mark the beginning of summer and the pickling season.  Apart from making pickles ,raw mangoes can be used in a variety of recipes in our day to day cooking.

The  sourness, tartness and a mild hint of sweetness adds up a lot of flavor profile to the recipe.  Earlier we had to wait for summer to get good Raw mangoes, but now with so much improvement in cold storage facilities, we do get good Raw mangoes all through the year .

The current situation in Indian markets,is the cost of tomatoes which are sky high and we have to use them sparingly . In these times,Raw mango sambar has come to my rescue. Raw mangoes are a perfect work around for tomatoes. 

Depending on the tartness/sourness in the raw mango we can adjust the usage of tamarind pulp.  Most of the times we don't need to use tamarind as the sourness from the mango balances the flavors well . 

I use some vegetables like pumpkin and capsicums in my sambar recipe because we like to have lots of veggies in the sambar . You can also use carrots ,drumsticks ,Brinjals as well in this same recipe.

Piping hot sambar mixed in rice with a dollop of ghee is just out of the world . Pair this sambar with a coconut based vegetable stir fry and serve along with some papads to enjoy a wonderful lunch experience. 

In our Facebook gourmet food group Shh Cooking Secretly!!! , we are sharing Mango based recipes for the month of June .

Anu Kollon who hosted the theme, suggested we use mango in any form, either raw or ripe in our recipe.   I have used raw mango as the star ingredient while my partner Narmadha has made Mango Popsicles using ripe mango . 

If you are looking to exploring some lipsmacking recipes using raw mango ,you must definitely check out my list below .

Maanga Pachidi (Mango relish)

Maanga Thokku ( spicy mango relish) 

Maavinkaai Chitranna ( Mango Rice)

Maanga  Thogayal (Chutney)

Maangai Pisaral (Instant mango pickle)

Aam Panna (refreshing Summer drink)

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time - 20 to 25 mins
Complexity - Simple
Serves - 3 to 4


100 gms pumpkin 
1 medium sized capsicum/green bell pepper 
1 medium sized raw mango 
3 tbsp sambar powder 
3/4 cup thoor dall /pigeon peas
Pinch of turmeric 
Salt as needed 
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds 
Fresh curry leaves 
1/2 tsp jaggery powder 
Fresh corriander chopped
Pinch of asafoetida 


  • Chop the capsicum,pumpkin and mango into medium sized cubes .
  • Add 3/4 cup water ,Pinch of salt and cook the vegetables until they are well cooked. The vegetables must be firm ,yet well cooked . Donot keep stirring with the ladle,they will become mushy.
  • Meanwhile ,wash the thoor dhall well and pressure cook it with turmeric for 4 to 5 whistles with sufficient water. Release the pressure naturally and mash it well using a whisk or hand blender . The dhall must be soft and mushy. 
  • Once the vegetables are well cooked, add the sambar powder ,jaggery ,some more salt and bring it to a rolling boil. 
  • Slowly add in the cooked thoor dhall, adjust the consistency of sambar by adding some water if needed and let it come to a boil . You can add some sambar powder if you feel the spice is less. 
  • Prepare a tempering of mustard seeds,asafoetida and curry leaves in hot oil and pour it over the sambar .
  • Garnish with fresh corriander and turn off the stove.

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  1. Love mango sambar! It's one of my favourite things to make in the summer months with raw mango. Love how you have added other veggies too.

  2. we also love sambhar with loads of veggies. I like this combo of mango and capsicum in the sambhar. will hunt for last batch of Raw mango to make it for lunch someday soon ! - Kalyani

  3. And I was wondering why I am receiving so many jokes on mangoes and tomatoes from India. What a lovely substitute for the tomatoes as raw mango adds a unique kind of sour taste. Love this mango sambar recipe.

  4. Loving this delicious sambar using raw mangoes, will go so well with simple white steamed rice.

  5. Simply love the flavours of the Sambhar with raw mango! My favourite sambhar especially with loads of veggies with steamed rice I am in heaven.

  6. This sambhar is very exciting as I love cooked raw mangoes, but have never made sambhar with it. I am sure it is super tasty.

  7. Looks so delicious and perfect for hot steaming rice. This mango sambar is a perfect substitute for tomatoes when the prices are sky rocketing.

  8. Lovely sambar using raw mango, it makes a comfort meal for me. Next year, I will make it using raw mangoes.

  9. Raw mango sambar is one of my favorite recipes and we always wait for the mango season. Amazing combination to eat with hot rice. Picture makes me mouthwatering

  10. Loved the way you used different veggies along with mango, surely it tasted very well. Goes well with rice, even idli and dosa's... Aruna

  11. Mango sambhar with pumpkin and capsicum sounds mouthwatering. I can imagine the wonderful taste and flavour. Next time I will follow your recipe to make sambhar.

  12. A delicious sambar recipe using raw mangoes!!!! I will surely try in next summer.... lovely pair with simple white steamed rice for me

  13. Priya this raw mango vegetable sambar tastes so delicious. It is finger licking good. I make it very often at home but never added Pumpkin. Will definitely try it next time . Best substitute for tomatoes .— Preethi

  14. My aunt makes this when we went during summer. This brings tons of memories and I am trying this great recipe.

  15. Agree that raw mangoes are a good substitute to tomatoes for giving tanginess at a fraction of the cost during the season time. Love this idea of sambar with raw mangoes. Never heard of it before, but surely have to give this a try some day...


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