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Sambar Recipe: The secret to making authentic South Indian sambar

Sambar Recipe with step by step photos.


Sambar is a very popular South Indian soup made with red lentil and vegetables. This recipe uses Inner Flame's Sambar Mix.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 1

Ingredients:
    1/4 cup red onion, small dice
    1/4 cup tomato, small dice
    3/4 cup favorite vegetables (i.e. carrot, eggplant, green bean, okra, peppers, etc.)
    3 tablespoons Inner Flame Sambar Mix
    2 teaspoons oil
    1 1/2 cups boiling water (more if needed during cooking)
    2 tablespoons cilantro, coarsely chopped for garnish

    Step 1: Preparing the ingredients

    Prepare the red onion, tomato and vegetables of your choice. Sambar is really great with a variety of vegetables that are seasonally available...and easily available in your kitchen. For oil choices, we prefer to use sunflower, safflower, coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter).

    Step 2: Heat oil

    Once all ingredients are prepped, heat oil in a small saucepan. When oil is hot, add the red onion and cook for a minute.

    Step 3: Add vegetables

    Add remaining vegetables, mix and cook for 2 minutes.

    Step 4: Adding Sambar Mix and boiling water

    You'll be smelling all the deliciousness now and it's only beginning. Add 3 tablespoons of Inner Flame Sambar Mix and quickly mix to coat all of the vegetables. Then add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. It is very important the water is boiling, otherwise the mix and lentils will clump. Stir well and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. If soup is getting too thick during cooking, add more water if needed. Once all the vegetables are cooked, add cilantro. if you don't like cilantro, just skip this step.

    Step 5: Enjoy :)

    Sambar is delicious on it's own as a soup, or pairs well with Inner Flame Kitchari, basmati rice or grain of your choice. If you are up for the challenge, sambar tastes great with dosa, idli or vada.