Monday 29 June 2020

Green Chilli Sambar (without sambar powder) / Lady's finger Sambar / Vendakkai Sambar

Green chilli sambar is one of my favorite and also a popular recipe in  our house hold.  This sambar is easy to prepare, without having to depend on the availability of sambar powder.  

Here I have used Lady's finger; you can also use other vegetables such as raw mango, drumstick, carrot to prepare this sambar.

Let's check the recipe;

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15 mins
30 mins
Recipe for Green Chilli Sambar
Recipe type: Accompaniment for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Serves - 3 to 4(approximately)


Toor Dahl / Tuvar Dhal / Thuvaram paruppu - ½ cup
Lady's finger - 12 to 15 (chopped)
Big Onion - 1 / Small onion - 10 (Chopped)
Tomato - 1 (finely chopped)
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Salt - to taste

For Seasoning:
Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
Urad dhal - ½ tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Green chillies - 5 to 6

To Grind:
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp


Pre - Preparation:

Wash the lady's finger and pat dry completely. Trim the edges and chop into long pieces

Soak the tamarind in a cup of water. After sometime squeeze and extract the juice; keep it aside.

Wash toor dhal and pressure cook adding water along with turmeric powder and till it becomes soft.

Once the pressure releases; open the lid and mash with the laddle and keep aside.

Preparation for sambar:

Heat oil in a kadai and season with mustard seeds; once it splutters add the remaining ingredients 'For Seasoning', one by one.

Once it crackles; add chopped onions and Lady's finger with little salt. Saute till stickiness reduced.  

After that add tomato fry for a while , add tamarind juice and a cup of water .

Close the pan with the lid and allow to cook till it is half done.

Now add the cooked dhal, extra salt (if needed), coconut paste along with a cup of water. 

Mix and allow to boil  for five more minutes and switch off the gas.

Serve hot with rice.


You can also use Raw mango, drumstick, carrot to prepare this sambar.

You may adjust the water quantity and spice level to suit your taste.

Sambar will tend to thick, so adjust the water level accordingly.

Addition of ghee (clarified butter) while serving will enhance the taste and flavour of sambhar.

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