Potato Sambar/Curry

Day 14 of Recipe Marathon #2.

I make Sambhar (south Indian lentil curry) at least 3 or 4 times a week, I make this for our mid-day lunch. So here is my recipe for making Sambar.


  • Potatoes,Onion and Tomato – each cut into big chunks.
  • Sambar powder, tamarind paste and jaggery – 1 tsp each.
  • Tempering : Oil, mustard seeds – 1tsp and Hing/asafoetida- 1/4 tsp or a pinch.
  • Toor Dal(split pigeon peas) – 1/2 cup
  • Garnish few cilantro/coriander leaves.
  1. Wash Dal, chop veggies and pressure cook till soft.
  2. Once done, add sambar powder( substitute with curry powder), dry tamarind dissolved in water (or tamarind paste) and jaggery or Brown sugar. Mix well and let it cook for 10 mins until the raw smell of sambar powder is gone.
  3. Then do the tempering, add mustard seeds and hing to hot oil, when it  mustard seeds starts to pop, switch off and add that to sambar.
  4. Garnish with few fresh cilantro springs. Serve warm.

We like to eat sambar with rice. Enjoy !

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9 Responses to “Potato Sambar/Curry”

  1. Bhawana Says:

    wow Madhu this is always my comforting food. And I prefer to eat this with hand without using spoons :). Yummmmmy. I lick my fingers and plate tooooo :D.

  2. CurryLeaf Says:

    I am not a sambar lover,but your presentation is mouthwatering.Very nice.

  3. Srivalli Says:

    I have never made with potatoes!..sounds interesting!

  4. Priya Says:

    I do this curry often, but i use lemon juice for tamarind, adding jaggery is completely new for me…one of my fav curry..prefect with hot steaming rice n papad..

  5. Medhaa Says:

    this is like comfort food to us, looks great

  6. smriti Says:

    hey, I used to fry all the veggies before boilin.this sounds simpler.but frying first adds to taste.

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