Friday, May 21, 2010

Seppankizhangu Sambhar

This is another favourite dish of mine from my mom's kitchen. Seppankizhangu is a root vegetable, which is called as Taro Root in English. also called as Colocasia. Seppankizhangu Roast is the popular dish, but i wonder how come preparing this sambhar came into practice in my home. If you love Seppankizhangu, then you must try this Sambhar. the soft Seppankizhangu in Sambhar will sure impress you all.

Seppankizhangu Sambhar

My Hubby don't love this vegetable, so i usually prepare this only if he is not going to come home for Lunch. so one such day was today, and i happily prepared and enjoyed the meal today:) Kovakaai is another veggie that i like, but he hates. and Kothavarankaai is one which i hate and he likes it a lot:)

Is there any similar stories in your family?

 Colacassio Sambhar


Seppankizhangu - 6
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Cooked Tuvar Dal - 1/2 Cup
Tamarind - half of a lemon size

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Dry Green Chilli - 3
Curry Leaves - 8

Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Sambhar Powder - 2 tsp


Cook the Tuvar Dal with a little asafoetida. If you Pressure Cook, cook it upto for 5 whistles.
Cook the Seppankizhangu with little salt to taste in Pressure Cooker for upto 4 whistels.
After Cooking the Seppankizhangu, wash them with cold water and let it cool and peel its skin. and set aside.
Soak the Tamarind in warm water for about 5 minutes.

In a Pan, heat oil, add mustard and let it pop and add, asafoetida powder, curry leaves and dry green chilli's.
Add Diced onion to the Pan and saute it along.
Add chopped Tomato to the Pan and saute it along onion.
Now add salt to taste, add Turmeric powder, Sambhar powder and mix well.
Add boiled and peeled Seppankizhangu to the pan and mix well.
Now add Pressure Cooked Tuvar Dal to the pan and mix.
Add tamarind water and 1/2 cup of water and mix well.
Let the Sambhar boil in medium flame for about 5 to 7 minutes. and remove from flame.

Seppankizhangu Sambhar

* Add more water, if like your sambhar little watery.
* Its must to add Asafoetida powder, as it helps to remove gas from the seppankizhangu.

Serve the Sambhar with Hot Rice. some appalam or vadams will make a good combo.


  1. Haha! Marriage is funny sometimes. I like this but he doesn't and vice versa. If I like something, I make a single portion and enjoy it anyway! :D

    Never tasted Colocasia, sambhar looks very tasty.

  2. Yummyyy.. looks perfect dear.. awesome presentation.. :)

  3. I've never tried adding colocasia in sambar. But nice idea lavi am gonna try it sometime. Beautiful clicks.

  4. Seppankizakku is the same story in my place! We make pulli kuzhambu but sambar sounds good!

  5. I like all kelangu varieties so is he....but the same story happens for many other veggies :) sambar with sepenkelangu sounds interesting Lavi nice bright click!

  6. Sambar looks super delicious..i love seppankizhangu, but he dont like it at all:(..

  7. lovely looking and tasting smabhar..yum...

  8. Wow, how different, I never used any root vegetables in sambhar before.

  9. what a delicious u enjoyed the lunch with ur favorite dislike thats everywhere but after tasing we will fall in love with all dish ..the curry is really yummy tarro fry is my favorite

  10. Taro root sambar looks delicious. Never thought of making sambar with it, will definitely try soon.
    My husband doesn't like mushrooms and yogurt, so I make them when he's traveling. I like all veggies, so he should have no problem with me :-)

  11. Nice taro root sambar.Looks delicious.

  12. i usually make sepakazhanga roast..never tried adding in sambar..

  13. In our home too they make this sambhar,I have made only once... Love it! I too add asafoetida like you,more in my sambhars, that makes a sambhar small like sambhar :)

    In our home too my H doesnt like what I like and vice versa...Clusterbean is one such veggie too!

  14. sambhar with taro quite new to me. and even my hubby too doesnt like this veggie. And most common i have seen is males hate brinjals. dont know why?
    pictures are cute

  15. Hey Lavi,
    Have not cooked sambar before so gonna try.
    But I read your receipe thrice but I did not see when you will add the tuvar dhal after its been pressure cooked. So when do I add the tuvar dhal? After or before the root vege is added?

  16. Hi hira..

    I totally have forgot to write about tuvar dal addition in the recipe. Sorry..and Thanks for mentioning!

    i corrected it now. it is to be added after the root veggie is added.

    Do try this Sambhar, and let me know, how you liked it.


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