Sambar Recipe

This Sambar recipe is one of the most loved dishes in South Indian cuisine. It accompanies most every meal. In South India, there are variations to this sambar recipe.
Recipe Ingredients

  • 250g red or yellow lentils
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots , finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground asafoetida½ tsp ground fenugreek
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 7 small dried red chillies140g green beans , trimmed and cut in half
Recipe Method

  1. Place the lentils in a large pan with 400ml water. Add turmeric and tamarind and boil for 25-30 mins until very soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the shallots for 8-10 mins. When softened, add the spices, curry leaves, chillies and a good pinch of salt. Cook for another 2 mins, until fragrant.
  3. Boil another pan of salted water and cook the beans for 4 mins until tender, then drain well.
  4. Once the lentils are cooked, add the shallot spice mix and the beans, stir well and add more seasoning if necessary.

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