Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chettinaad Style Potato Sambhar

Being a Sambhar Fanatic, Iam trying as many sambhar varieties as i can, so that my hubby don't get bored of it. During our Hostel Stay, we used to be served with this sambhar so frequently. The Potatoes in Sambhar was new to me those days, and i used to complain to my parents, that the canteen people don't have any other veggie other than potato to put in sambhar. But only now i leant that, It was just Potato Sambhar.
This Chettinaad style of sambhar was different from our regular sambhar. This has three different spices in it, like pepper, Green chilli's and Dry Red Chilli's. This Spicy part, really makes it different and it is best when had along with Idli's and Dosa's rather with Rice.

chettinaad sambhar


  • Potato-1(Peel the skin, cut it thin and into small pieces)
  • Onion-1
  • Tomato-1
  • Green Chilli-2
  • Dry Red Chilli-2
  • Pepper Corns-1/2 tsp
  • Tuvar Dal-4 tbsp's
  • Turmeric Powder-a pinch
  • Corriander Leaves(finely chopped)-2 tbsp's
For Seasoning:
  • Oil-1 tbsp
  • Mustard-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin-1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida Powder-a pinch
  • Curry Leaves-8


yyu Cook the Tuvar/Toor Dal in the Pressure Cooker upto 4-5 whistles, till it is cooked mashy.

yyu In a Wide-Bottomed Pressure Cooker, Heat the oil for Seasoning and add mustard. when it makes sound, add cumin, asafoetida powder and curry leaves and Dry Red Chilli's. saute them.

yyu Add Thin Sliced Onion's and saute along till it gets half cooked. add Green Chilli's and Chopped tomatoes and thin sliced small potato pieces.

yyu Now add the Mashed Tuvar Dal and a cup of water. add the turmeric powder, Salt, Pepper corns and chopped corriander leaves.

yyu Mix well and cook it in pressure cooker upto 2 whistles. Wait for the steam to get released and add a tsp of ghee before serving.
Try this for a weekend Brunch, iam sure you all will like it.


  1. Pass me the plate please, as they look so yummy delicous.

  2. I posted a Smabhar too this week. Chettinadu Sambhar really looks delicious and different with less spices than usual. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  3. Lavi thats such a lovely plate...can have this anytime!....

  4. Thanks and Oh Sure Happy Cook:)

    Yes Asha, this one is with very little spices.

    Srivalli(Dosa Mela Queen) Thanks for the compliments!

  5. Looks very simple and great breakfast!

  6. Nice pic Lavi, and the sambar looks dunking good! :)

  7. that plate looks so inviting love to have that any time

  8. wow..that picture is so very temprting..i too add potatoes to my sambar most of the times as its quite handy ,quick to peel and cut..

  9. Looks simple, quick n delicious...really inviting:)

  10. Its Great to feel that my dosa's are not looking bad and makes u admire it. Thank U all Cham, Namratha, Rekha, Sowmya and Priya..

  11. I had no idea that there was a different version of sambhar with potatoes.. such a tempting picture.

  12. I am a complete sucker for Chettinad recipes, and this looks so so so delicious, Lavi. I am a huge fan of mushrooms too. Thanks for sharing!

  13. i tried this sambhar and it was a major hit @my place ...thnk u for the recipe


  14. Thank U Sari for letting me know..Iam Happy that your family liked it!
    Next you got to try my araichivitta sambhar, iam sure you will like it too.

  15. Hey Lavi,

    I have seen many recipes of yours and they are tasty and so inviting. Hey you r making a great presentation of your dishes. Many new recipes.
    Hey if you have time to step my blog please...

  16. dont understand why there is no tamarind in this.sambar is supposed to have tamarind no?


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