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Sambar Rice

Sambar Rice Recipe | Easy Sambar Rice

Sambar Rice is a south Indian rice dish which is a simple one pot meal that you enjoy with papad. This Sambar Rice is a combination of rice, lentils, sambar powder, chilli powder and by cooking along with mixed vegetables. There are so many variations in preparing this rice but this method is very simple and easy that you can make it within 30 minutes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Pavani


  • Rice – 1cup
  • Toor dal – ½cup
  • Carrot beans, potatoes, radish, peas – 1cup chopped
  • Chopped onion -1
  • Sambar powder- 2tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1tsp
  • Tamarind – lemon size
  • Curry leaves a few
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil- 2tbsp
  • Ghee-2tbsp

For Tempering:

    Oil- 1tbsp

      Mustard seeds – 1tsp

        Urd dal -1tsp

          Cumin seeds- 1tsp

            Dry red chillies-2

              Curry leaves


                • Wash, soak dal and rice in the water for 15mintues.
                • Soak the tamarind in a bowl with hot water and keep aside.
                • Heat a pressure cooker with ghee, oil then add chopped onions and fry for a minute till onions turn into translucent.
                • Next, add the chopped mixed veggies and sauté on high flame for 5mintues.
                • Add sambar and red chilli powder along with salt and mix well.
                • Extract the pulp from the tamarind and add to the veggies and stir well.
                • Drain the water from the rice, dal and add to the veggies and mix well.
                • Add 4cups of water, and check the seasonings.
                • Close the pressure cooker lid and cook for 3 whistles.
                • Once the pressure is released mix everything well.
                • Heat a 1tbsp of oil in a small pan, when oil is hot add mustard seeds along with cumin seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves.
                • When the cumin seeds crackle switch off the flame and add this to the sambar rice and mix well.
                • Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with Papad.


                 1. Here I used frozen pieces you can use fresh ones.
                2. Adjust sambar powder and red chilli powder according to your taste.
                3. You can add as many veggies you like.
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