Thursday, December 13, 2012

Vengaya Sambar / Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar / Vengaya Sambar, very tasty, flavorful and quick sambar recipe. If u have cooked dal in  hand then it takes only 10 minutes to make this sambar. This is my version of Vengaya sambar with very simple ingredients. Here i used both small onions/pearl onions n onions but for more taste n flavor use only small onions. This tastes great with rice, dosa, paniyaram, Ven Pongal etc.

  1. Tuvar dal / Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu         1/4 cup
  2. Pearl Onions/chinna Vengayam                 20 no.)peel n roughly chopped)
  3. Tomato               1 no.(chopped)
  4. Turmeric powder      1/4 tsp
  5. Sambar Powder          1 tsp
  6. Tamarind paste           1/4 tsp( dilute in 1/4 cup water)
  7. Salt              to taste
  8. Cilantro              3-4 tbsp (finely chopped)
To Temper
  • Oil                 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds      1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds         1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds         1/4 tsp
  • Pepper corns         4 or 5 no.
  • Hing                      1/4 tsp
  • Dry Red chili        2 no. broken
  • Curry leaves          1 or 2 sprig
  • Pressure cook toor dal with 3-4 cups of water n turmeric powder for 3-4 whistles, then after pressure cool down, lightly mash the dal and keep aside.
  • Then heat oil in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds wait till it splutter then add the other tempering ingredients one by one, fry well and add onions saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • After that add tomatoes saute till soft and add the cooked n mashed dal, enough salt and little water(desired consistency) and sambar powder, stir well and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add tamarind paste and boil for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Lastly add some chopped cilantro and turn off the stove.
  • That's it...Tasty n flavorful Onion Sambar Ready.


  1. Delicious and comforting sambhar..

  2. Awesome sambar...

  3. my fav sambar

  4. Looks mouthwatering, great clicks

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  6. sambar looks yummy... mouth watering...

  7. These baby onions add a unique flavour to the sambar.. want some hot piping sambar with rice today!

  8. I love sambar....this looks so delicious...nice to go with plain rice...

  9. lovely plate and bowl :) and it looks appealing !

  10. Delicious sambar...Awesome clicks dear.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead:)

  11. My most favourite sambar...well done

  12. Love this with soft idlis. Who wont na???? Would love to come over now.

  13. wow these are the best :) love peal onion dishes, makes me want to make them soon

  14. very flavorful and yummy combo for idli..

  15. lovely bowl n plate...very flavourful sambhar!!

  16. While tempering you have added both fennel and cumin seeds and also peppercorns, I should try it next time, btw beautiful clicks dear..

  17. Onions sambhar, i can die for..LOve it and can survive for many days with this fingerlicking sambhar.

  18. Simple and comfort sambhar, can be taken daily

  19. Lovely sambar.. tastes great with dosa! Love the beautiful pics :)



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