Monday, November 2, 2009

Sambhar Rice ~ Sambhar Sadham

My Favourite Food is always hearty sambhar sadham and cool thayir sadham / curd rice. Sambhar Rice with appalam or with potato curry is a perfect combination. I always prepare this sambhar rice, when i have guests. The secret of tasty sambhar sadham depends on the vegetables we add. Drumstick(murungai kaai), Eggplant(kathrikkaai), Radish(mullangi), knol khol (nookal) and capsicum (kudai milagaai) are must. Adding shallots / pearl onions ( sambhar / chinna vengayam ) is must. the other trick is, boiling these vegetables in tamarind juice. I use Sakthi Masala Sambhar Powder. You can use your own sambhar powder. Try using Ghee / Butter to have a tasty Sambhar Rice.

sambhar sadham on lunch box

Ingredients: (Sambhar Rice for 2 people)


Drumstick / Murungai - 1
sambhar sadhamEggplant / Kathirkaai - 2
Radish / Mullangi - 1
Knol Khol / Nookal - 1/2
Capsicum / Kudai Milagaai - 1/2
Carrot - 1
Beans - 6
Broad Beans /avarakaai - 6
Double Beans - 10 (optional)
Potato / Urulai - 1

Other Ingredients:

Tomato - 1/2
Shallots - 15

Raw Rice - 150 gms ( 2 small tumblers)
Toovar Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu - 40 gms

Tamarind - a lemon size

Sambhar Powder - 3 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp

Ghee / Clarified Butter - 5 tbsp's
Mustard - 2 tsp's
Split Urad Dal - 2 tsp's
Dry Red Chilli - 4
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida powder - 1/ 4 tsp
Curry Leaves - 15

Corriander Leaves - 4 tbsp's (chopped)


First Pressure Cook the Rice and Dal with 4 cups of water. The whistle count is 6.

Wash the vegetables and dice them in cube shapes.

Soak the Tamarind in warm water for about 5 minutes and extract the tamarind juice.

Now Cook the Vegetables in extracted tamarind juice with little salt.
I Microwave them in high for about 8 minutes. ( Don't cook Capsicum, shallots and Tomato)
Cook the double beans in prior and add along with other vegetables.

Heat a Pan / kadaai,
add 2 tbsp's of ghee, let it melt and get heated,
add mustard and let it pop.
add urad dal and fenugreek seeds, fry them till they turn golden colour.
add the dry red chilli.
add the curry leaves
add asafoetida powder / hing.

Now add the shallots / small onions and fry them till they turn translucent.
add Capsicum and tomato and saute them till they have shrinked a bit.

Now add all the cooked vegetables in tamarind water to the kadaai / pan along with the tamarind water.

Add one cup of water, Turmeric powder and sambhar powder. also add salt to taste. remember salt is already added to vegetables.

Mash the cooked Rice and dal and add to the pan. stir well, to avoid lumps. mix the rice evenly with the vegetables in the pan.

Add 3 tbsp's of ghee and corriander leaves and cover the pan with a lid. slow the flame. and let it rest for 3-4 minutes in slow flame. keep checking and stir in between to avoid burning the rice in the bottom of the pan.

Switch off the flame and keep the lid closed till you serve.

kadamba sambhar sadham

Serve with a dollop of ghee and appalam on side.

This is a great food to pack for picnic. curd rice and potato curry will make a hearty meal togeather.

Sending this Yummy Sambhar sadham to Divya for her Show me your Lunchbox event.


  1. First Pic super...I have not added Mullangi in sambar rice for the fear of the smell it has. Should try it next time.

  2. Really very tempting rice. Can have it any time of the day... so delicious :)

  3. hey lavi,
    More the vegetables in sambar the tastier, the last pic is damn gud!

  4. Woww lavi, superaa irruku sambhar sadham...lovely and tempting clicks..

  5. Wow!!! Yummy sambar rice..Such a comfort food!!!

  6. Very comforting and soothing food. Looks very yummy!!

  7. Sambar saatham looks so comforting Lavi. You could send this to Show Me Your Lunchbox event if you wish!

  8. yummy sambar rice!! Tempting pics.

  9. I started craving for Sambar sadham when I was preg and now its my all time fav! Loved the 1st click!!!

  10. Today I made radish sambar and I m reading ur recipe now..Even I just love sambar rice..

  11. I just had dinner with sambar (murungakkai) and vazakkai fry!
    The rice is so delish!

  12. looks so tempting ...just feel like a having some of it..

  13. Nice and colourful picture and sambar sadam is our favourite too. I usually make araitha vita sambar with all the vegetables.

  14. Beautiful clicks Lavi, one of my all time favorite dish.romba nalla erruku.Please collect award from my blog

  15. That looks so spicy and delicious.....

  16. beautiful picture.It looks delicious......

  17. Got a kiss from my niece for cooking her this dish... thanks to u, Lavi :)

  18. Wow... so tempting!!! I need this right now

  19. hi..thanks for the recipe..i'm trying sambar saadam for the 1st time & it turned out really well..My husband is a big foodie who looks out for tastes n he loved it too...thank u so much....reena

  20. Thank You so much Reena! Happy that you both liked!


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