Sweet Sambar Recipe

Sweet Sambar is a unique and delicious variation of the traditional South Indian sambar. It is a mildly sweet and tangy lentil soup made with a blend of vegetables, tamarind pulp, jaggery, and aromatic spices. This dish is a perfect balance of flavors, with the sweetness from jaggery complementing the tanginess of tamarind. It is typically served with steamed rice or idli, and makes for a comforting and satisfying meal.

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Sweet Sambar

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Ingredients for Sweet Sambar Recipe

  • 0.13 cup Toor Dal
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 0.06 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • As required Salt To Taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • as required A Few Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 Dried Red Chilies
  • pinch A Pinch Of Asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Vegetables
  • 1/4 tablespoon Tamarind Pulp
  • 1/2 tablespoon Jaggery
  • 1/4 tablespoon Sambar Powder
  • as needed Fresh Coriander Leaves For Garnish

Directions: Sweet Sambar Recipe

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.Wash and soak the toor dal (pigeon peas) for 30 minutes. Pressure cook the dal with water, turmeric powder, and salt until soft and mushy.
  • STEP 2.In a separate pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add curry leaves, dried red chilies, and asafoetida.
  • STEP 3.Add chopped vegetables like carrots, beans, and drumsticks. Sauté for a few minutes and then add tamarind pulp, jaggery, sambar powder, and salt.
  • STEP 4.Pour in the cooked dal and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the flavors meld together.
  • STEP 5.Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or idli.

Cooking Tips

  • You can add a pinch of fenugreek seeds while tempering for an extra flavor.
  • Adjust the sweetness and tanginess according to your preference by adding more or less jaggery and tamarind pulp.
  • You can also add vegetables like brinjal, pumpkin, or okra to enhance the taste and texture of the sambar.

Storage and Serving

  • Sweet Sambar can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat the sambar on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
  • Serve the Sweet Sambar as a main course with steamed rice or as a side dish with idli, dosa, or vada.
calories per serving
7 g Fat< 1 g Protein1 g Carbs< 1 g FiberOther

Current Totals

  • Fat
  • Protein
    < 1g
  • Carbs
  • Fiber
    < 1g


  • Carbs
  • Protein
    < 1g
  • Fiber
    < 1g


  • Fat

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin E
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
    < 1mg
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
    < 1mcg
  • Zinc
    < 1mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp