Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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

This is the South Indian 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. Now let us learn to make this simple South Indian (Tamil Nadu) Sambar rice.

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

Sambar rice and onion pachadi/raitaSambar Sadam, Special curd rice and Onion raita

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


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

For the Masala

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

Fry everything 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 is ready.

For the seasoning

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


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.

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


Keep the vegetables ready.

Heat oil, and add hing, mustard seeds, after mustard seeds splutter, add the other ingredients mentioned under seasoning. Then add pearl onions and saute till it turns pink.

Sambar sadam
After that, add the chopped vegetables. Saute for a few seconds. Add tamarind water, turmeric powder and salt needed. Close it and let it boil well till the raw smell of the tamarind goes.

Sambar rice
Now add the grounded masala and cooked tur dal.

Sambar rice recipe
Add 1 1/4 cup of water and let it boil. 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 Nadu sambar sadam recipeAdd ghee and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve piping hot with onion raita or potato chips or vadam.

How to make Sambar SadamNote - As it cools down, it becomes thick. So you can switch it off when it it semi solid. (see last pic)

Onion Raita /Onion Pachadi

Peel and cut 3 onions lengthwise into thin strips. Add salt needed. Mix 1 1/2 cups of plain yoghurt/curd. Heat a tsp of oil and season with mustard seeds and 1 finely chopped green chilli. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Hope you all enjoyed my post. Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of


  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.


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