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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sambar Rice

I love South Indian food, specially Dosas with spicy sambar, and Medu vada with coconut chutney. I really like the use of freshly ground podi and other masalas. This is one the best delicacy of South India. This is a complete one pot meal, rice dish with full servings of vegetables, lentil, and spices. This rice dish is amazingly aromatic and super tasty. Thanks Prashanti for this recipe, we love it :))


  • 1-1/2 cup Kolam Rice or Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 1 Small Potato, cut into pieses
  • 2 Shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup Mix Vegetables, (Carrots, Peas, Corn, Green Beans)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Grated
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tbsp Peanuts
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 4 cups Water
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to taste

-- For Dry Masala

  • 3 tbsp Dry coconut, grated
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 5 Dry Whole Red Chili
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1 Small Cinnemon
  • 8-10 Whole Black Pepper


1. Dry roast all the dry masala ingredients in skillet on medium-low heat. Stir continuously.

2. Cool them completely and grind/powder them until fine.

3. Heat oil in pressure cooker. Crackle mustard seeds. Saute shallots, and ginger with dry masala powder for 30 seconds.

4. Add potato, mix vegetables, sambar powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, tamrind paste, and peanuts. Mix well. Saute for another 30 seconds.

5. Add rice and toor dal, with salt and water. Mix very well.

6. Pressure cook it for 4-5 whistles.

7. Add chopped cilantro on top and serve hot with rice papad.



Priya said...

Mouthwatering here, wat a comforting food..can have everyday..

Ila said...

ho wonderful and looks yummy :) ver classy :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Sambar rice looks yummy and tasty...

aipi said...

Homey n it!!

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Laavanya said...

I just commented on a another sambar rice post :) I love how you served this with the big papad.

Sarah Naveen said...

Bowl of goodness...looks so delicious..!!

Hari Chandana said...

Woww... looks too good and lovely presentation.. thanks for sharing !!

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Smitha said...

perfect comfort food dear!....just need my TV, sambar rice and my couch!
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Swathi said...

Sambar rice looks yumm. comfort food.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Looks absolutely mouthwatering and lip smacking sambar

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmmm mouthwatering..absolutely tempting..wish i can have some now.

Padma said...

Looks mouthwatering... feel like having some :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious Dear,love this with papad...luks yum.


Haha,same pinch,nice coincidence :) Your version sounds more spicy with all those masalas! Loved it!

Santosh Bangar said...

tempting and inviting rice.
1st time here nice recipes. do visit my blog

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is my favorite type of comfort food. Looks so good. YUM!

mangocheeks said...

Oh your food is makingmy mouth water, its Such comfort and tasty looking food. Just love it.

Rahin said...

i am ready to dig in ...hey wht brand of rice papad do u use ? they look just the way i like them

Anonymous said...

Wow...yummy! It looks delicious!

Now Serving said...

Love this rice and you post is superbly inviting :)


Your version sounds and looks very nice :) I love it with simply papad or chips than any veggie accompaniment!

Nostalgia said...

Love sambar rice. One can never have too much sambar is what we say in our house. Nice recipe.

DEESHA said...

I love one pot meals too .. This is a south Indian version of Khichdi .. wholesome N yummy

thepickyeater said...

i eat this often ! love it that your blog has so much indian food :) esp all the dals :D do check out my food blog...