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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sambar Sadam-Sambar Sadam Recipe-Sambar Rice with onion raita

This is the South Indian (Tamil) way of making Sambar sadam. It is a simpler version of Bisi Bele Bath and is less spicy. More over it does not take much time to prepare this sambar rice.You can add cooked mochai (field beans), black eyed pea or brown channa if preferred along with dal. I have not added it as I prefer it plain.Yesterday I made sambar sadam, special curd rice and onion raita for lunch - very simple yet it was a satisfying meal. Today we will learn how to make South Indian (Tamil Nadu) Sambar rice following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Sambar Sadam-Tamil Style

How to make Sambar Sadam -Tamil Nadu Style Sambar Sadam (Rice) Recipe

Sambar Sadam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategoryVariety Rice-One Pot Meal
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian (Tamil Nadu)

   Ingredients needed

   Raw rice -3/4 cup
   Tur dal - 1/3 cup
   Tamarind - a small lemon sized ball
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Ghee -2 tsp
   Salt needed


   Pearl onions -10 (Cut it into 2 pieces if it is big)
   Carrot - 2 medium size
   Beans - 10
   Potato - 1 medium size

   For the Masala

   Channa dal/Bengal gram/Kadalai paruppu -2 tsp
   Coriander seeds/Malli -1 tbsp
   Red chilli -5
   Whole black pepper -4
   Grated coconut -1/4 cup flat

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 4 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Red chilli - 1
   Hing/Asafoetida - a generous pinch
   Curry leaves - 2 sprigs


Cook rice with needed water and keep it aside. If you do not know to cook rice, refer my post on How to cook rice?

Soak tur dal in hot water (just enough water to soak the dal) for 15-20 minutes. Pressure cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder. Mash it well and keep it aside.

Soak tamarind in warm water and extract its juice (around 1 3/4 cup) and discard the pulp.

Fry everything mentioned under "for the masala" in a tsp of oil till dal turns golden brown, adding coconut in the end. Grind it to a smooth paste. Keep it aside. Now your masala for sambar sadam is ready.

Peel pearl onions and chop all the vegetables as shown in the picture below.


Keep all the vegetables ready.

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when mustard seeds splutter, add hing, fenugreek seeds, red chilli and curry leaves. Then add pearl onions and saute until it turns pink.

preparations for Sambar sadam
Add the chopped vegetables and saute for a few seconds. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook the vegetables. When the vegetables are half cooked, add tamarind water, turmeric powder, salt needed and cook covered  on medium heat until the raw smell of the tamarind goes (Alternatively, you can par boil or steam the vegetables and then add).

Cooking vegetables for sambar sadam
Now add the ground masala and cooked tur dal.

How to make sambar sadam
Add 1 1/4 cup of water and let it boil on low flame. Then add cooked rice and mix well. Simmer and cook for a few seconds so that it gets mixed well with the masala. Check for salt.

Tamil style sambar sadam recipe
Add ghee and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve piping hot with onion raita or homemade potato chips or vadam.

How to prepare Sambar Sadam
Note - As it cools down, it will become thick. So you can switch it off when it it semi solid.(see last pic). If you want to re-heat it, add a little hot water and heat it.

Onion Raita /Onion Pachadi

Peel and cut 3 onions lengthwise into thin strips.

Add salt needed and leave it for 10 minutes. Squeeze out water from the onions and mix 1 1/2 cups of plain yoghurt/curd to it.

Heat a tsp of oil and season with mustard seeds and 1 finely chopped green chilli. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with sambar sadam.

You will love my other sambar sadam recipes-

Karnataka Style Bisi Bela Bath

Cracked wheat sambar sadam (samba godhumai sambar sadam)

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  1. Wow, mouth watering sambar sadam, lovely illustrative clicks.

  2. Padhu the first pic is so so its nearly afternoon and i am to have it now

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  4. Sambhar looks so yummy and delicious..

  5. Like to have anytime....urs luks perfect.really a healthy one pot meal!!!

  6. tht looks amazingly delicious..luved the step wise pics..very inviting !

  7. I love sambar sadham,your recipe picks are so beautiful,awesome preparation!!

  8. beautiful pics
    tasty and healthy dish everyone loves it

  9. Vowww!!! sambar sadam is looking yummy...

  10. Wow yummy,my fav too...Always will be there in my weekly menu.Yours luks delicious,addition of vegetable healthy too...

  11. Lovely sambar sadam..

  12. delicious sambar sadham...

  13. slurp...Looks soo perfect:-)

  14. Love the delicious looking rice...nice clicks..

  15. Comfort food,looks delicious..

  16. Yes, this combo definitely makes a satisfying meal :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  17. Thats a very yummy combination...

  18. delicious looking sambar rice. love the raitha combo.

  19. I love sambar sadam.. Yours looks just delicious :D Cant wait to have some..

  20. Love your pictorial illustrations! It really helps especially for beginners like me! Your new follower and would also like to invite you to follow my space too! :)

  21. WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

  22. This look lip smacking good.

  23. They are inviting me... I love this with appalam.Yummyyyy


  24. Lovely combo,sounds so delicious.

  25. the sambar sadam came out really good...thanks for the recipe and the clear concise steps.

  26. Thanks a lot. I tried this recipe, it turned out excellent.

  27. Came out pretty well...luved it...thank u....

  28. Turn out better than expected, if i had known this earlier would have had many more lovely sambar saadham meals.

    Thank you from the bottom of my tummy.


  29. Hi,

    Thanks to padhuskitchen. I tried many dishes from your collections. Nowadays my husband telling while eating aahhaa super.

  30. Thank you so much for this recipe... I am not a good cook.. Usually when i have people over it never go well.. Today i made this and it was a hit.. Thanks again...

  31. thanks for the recipe...luvly pics

  32. thanks for the recipe...luvly pics....

  33. Its very super yummy taste. Thank u padhusa

  34. such a simple and mouthwatering recipe. padhu really u r great

  35. Hi.. may i know wats the exact measurement of 1cup.. its very difficult for me to identify correct measurement of 1cup.. make me clear.. it wil be very useful if u reply to my qn ...

  36. Hi padhu aka,
    Tried this at home . It was so nice . For beginners like me it's so nice to try . My MIL was so happy after I made this for her. Thank u . Love u.

  37. hai padhu sister,tried this at was very tasty and yummy.thank you for this recipes.

  38. Hi, Thanks for the recipe. I was looking for this. Is there a way to prepare the masala without using coconut?

    1. You can skip coconut and follow the rest of the method as given. While frying the masala, add a tsp of raw rice also in addition to the other ingredients (except coconut) and fry. Then grind it to a smooth paste.

  39. It is very interesting and a am very eager to make this soon

  40. padhu... sambar sadam came out yummy... i am a working woman and it helps me a lot


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