How to Make Sambar: A Traditional South Indian Recipe | Lakshmi Stores UK

Sambar is not just a dish; it's a staple of South Indian cuisine that captures the essence of its rich and vibrant food culture. This delicious lentil-based stew is packed with vegetables and distinct spices, making it a nutritious and comforting meal. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a curious foodie, this guide will help you prepare the perfect Sambar using fresh ingredients from Lakshmi Stores UK.

Ingredients: Gathering Your Supplies

To start your Sambar, you'll need a variety of fresh vegetables and spices. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Toor dal (split pigeon peas)

  • Tamarind paste

  • Sambar powder

  • Fresh produce like tomatoes, onions, drumsticks, and carrots.

  • Optional vegetables include aubergine and lady’s finger (okra), which can be found under our fresh vegetables section.

Preparing the Lentils  

  1. Begin by rinsing the toor dal thoroughly under running water.

  2. In a pressure cooker, add the dal, a pinch of turmeric, and 2 cups of water. Cook until the dal is soft and mushy.

Cooking the Vegetables  

  1. While the lentils cook, soak a small ball of tamarind paste in hot water, then strain to obtain tamarind water.

  2. Chop your selected vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, and onions from Lakshmi Stores, into bite-sized pieces.

  3. In a large pot, add a teaspoon of oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Follow with a pinch of asafoetida (hing) and some curry leaves for that authentic flavour.

Bringing the Sambar Together  

  1. Add the chopped vegetables to the pot and sauté briefly.

  2. Pour in the tamarind water, add Sambar powder, and bring the mixture to a boil.

  3. Once the vegetables are tender, add the cooked dal to the pot. Mix well and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt to taste.

Finishing Touches and Serving  

  1. For a final touch, prepare a tadka dal. Heat a small pan with oil, add a few mustard seeds, and let them pop. Then, add a couple of dry red chillies and some curry leaves; pour this over the Sambar.

  2. Serve hot with steamed rice or idli, garnishing with fresh coriander leaves.

Why Choose Lakshmi Stores UK for Your Ingredients?  

Choosing the right ingredients is crucial for the authentic taste of Sambar. At Lakshmi Stores UK, we offer a wide range of fresh, high-quality vegetables and spices that bring out the true flavours of South Indian cuisine. Our easy online ordering and prompt delivery ensure that you get the best products right to your doorstep.