Vegan Sambar Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Sambar Recipe

Vegan Sambar Recipe


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Pressure cooker or saucepan
  • Skillet or kadhai
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  • 1 cup of toor dal
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 1 drumstick chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mixed vegetables such as okra, eggplant, or pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp of tamarind pulp
  • 1 tbsp of sambar powder
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • A few curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 4 cups of water
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish


  • Wash the toor dal and pressure cook it with 2 cups of water until it becomes soft and mushy. Alternatively, you can cook the dal in a saucepan until soft.
  • In a skillet or kadhai, heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add cumin seeds and curry leaves and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, drumstick, and mixed vegetables to the skillet and mix well.
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, and salt to taste. Mix everything well.
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the vegetables are cooked through.
  • Add the cooked toor dal to the skillet and mix well. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency.
  • Add tamarind pulp and mix well. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or idli.


Calories: 200 | Total Fat: 6g | Total Carbohydrates: 30g | Dietary Fiber:8g | Protein: 9g

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