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Hotel sambar | sambar recipe| how to make hotel sambar is with detailed video and photo recipe. It is known as சாம்பார் in tamil language and वेजिटेबल सांभर (vegetable sambar) in hindi. It is also known as kulambu locally.

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                                                         HOTEL SAMBAR DESCRIPTION

Hotel sambar | sambar recipe is a tasty, easy, simple and delicious side dish for rice, rice varieties, dosas, idli, etc,. This sambar is prepared with toor dal, vegetables, coriander seeds, chana dal, urad dal, coconut powder, fenugreek seeds, hing powder and other spices. Earlier, it was a very popular dish only in south india especially in tamil nadu. Later, it became a popular dish in both  north indian and south indian cuisine.

This hotel style sambar recipe is a mildly spiced side dish. The addition of pumpkin and sambar onions adds an unique taste, flavor and aroma to this simple dish. It is prepared in hotel style (restaurant style). Potatoes and pumpkin added to it makes the sambar thick. The consistency of the sambar can be adjusted according to our preference. If you wish to reduce the thickness the sambar, please add more water. 

In the sambar recipe, the dals are first roasted along with spices and coconut for few minutes and then grinded to a powder. The toor dal is cooked separately along with drumstick and pumpkin in the pressure cooker. The sambar/ small onions and tomatoes are sauteed and vegetables (such as carrot, beans, potatoes) are cooked along with the spices, dal mixture, tamarind water and ground powder. You may like our hotel style tiffin sambar.

Drumstick, sambar/ small onions, potatoes and pumpkin are the mandatory vegetables required to prepare this easy sambar. Adding vegetables like carrot and beans is completely our preference. Small onions can be replaced with normal onions but small onions only will add an unique taste and flavor to this tasty dish. Hotel sambar recipe from scratch is written below. The preparation of this tasty dish is very easy. Enjoy this tasty hotel sambar recipe at home.

This simple sambar recipe is an excellent side dish for plain rice. It can also be served with idli, dosa, idiyappam, cheese dosamasala dosa, aloo bonda, cheese masala idli, idli upma, Kodo millet Idli (Varagu Idli) also. 

Hotel sambar | sambar recipe with step by step video recipe (youtube) in tamil, english and hindi is below.

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                       hotel sambar | how to make hotel sambar recipe

Cooking time: less than 35 to 40 minutes

Serves: 9- 10


1 tbsp = 15 ml

1 tsp = 5ml


For preparing tamarind water

  • Tamarind/ इमली / புளி – small lemon size
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர் – 225 ml

For grinding to powder

  • Sesame / gingelly oil / तिल के तेल / நல்லெண்ணெய் – 2 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds / धनिया के बीज / கொத்தமல்லி விதைகள் – 1 ¼ tbsp
  • Chana dal / चना दाल / கடலை பருப்பு– 1 ¼ tbsp
  • Urad dal / उड़द की दाल / உளுத்தம் பருப்பு – 1 tsp
  • Hing powder / asafoetida / हिंग / பெருங்காயம் – ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds / मेथी बीज / வெந்தயம்– ¼ tsp
  • Dry chillies (kashmiri) / लाल मिर्च / சிவப்பு மிளகாய் – 8 (6, if normal red chillies are used)
  • Coconut (grated) (fresh/dry) / किसा हुआ नारियल / தேங்காய் துருவல் – 5 tsp

For pressure cooking dal

  • Toor dal / pigeon peas / अरहर की दाल / துவரம் பருப்பு – ½ cup (1 cup = 300 ml)
  • Drumstick / सहजन / முருங்கை – 1 (chopped)
  • Pumpkin /  कद्दू / பரங்கிக்காய் – 130 grams
  • Turmeric powder/ हल्दी पाउडर / மஞ்சள் தூள் – ½ tsp
  • Salt / नमक / உப்பு – required
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர் – 1 ½ cup (1 cup= 300 ml)

For preparing sambar

  • Cooking / vegetable oil / खाना पकाने का तेल / சமையல் எண்ணெய் – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds / सरसों के बीज / கடுகு – ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds / मेथी बीज / வெந்தயம்– ¼ tsp
  • Green chilli / हरी मिर्च / பச்சை மிளகாய்– 2 (slit)
  • Hing powder /asafoetida / हिंग / பெருங்காயம் – 1/8 tsp
  • Dry red chillies / लाल मिर्च / சிவப்பு மிளகாய் – 2
  • Curry leaves /  करी पत्ते / கறிவேப்பிலை – few
  • Small onions / sambar onions / छोटा प्याज / சிறிய வெங்காயம் (medium size) – 25 (chopped)
  • Tomato /  टमाटर / தக்காளி (medium size) – 2 (finely chopped)
  • Carrot / गाजर / கேரட் (medium size) – 1 (chopped)
  • Potato / आलू / உருளைக்கிழங்கு  (medium size) –1 (chopped)
  • Beans /  फलियां / பீன்ஸ் -5 (chopped)
  • Pepper powder / काली मिर्च पाउडर / மிளகு தூள் – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder / जीरा चूर्ण / சீரகம் தூள் – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder /  हल्दी पाउडर / மஞ்சள் தூள் – ½ tsp
  • Salt / नमक / உப்பு – required
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர் – 150 ml
  • Coriander leaves / धनिये के पत्ते / கொத்துமல்லி தழை – few

For tamarind water:

  1. Dissolve tamarind pulp in water. Filter it to remove any solid particles. Tamarind water is ready to use.

For roasting and grinding:

  1. Roast the chana dal, coriander seeds, urad dal, hing powder (asafoetida)(¼ tsp), fenugreek seeds (¼ tsp) and dry chillies(8) in the sesame oil until the dals turns golden brown.
  2. Add coconut (fresh/dry) to it and roast until coconut it turns slightly golden brown. Turn off the flame.
  3. Cool it and grind it to a fine powder. Ground powder is ready.

For pressure cooking dal:

  1. Pressure cook the toor dal, pumpkin and drumstick with water (1 ½ cup), turmeric powder (½ tsp) and required salt for 18 minutes at high flame. Turn off the flame and open the lid after the pressure subsides.
  2. Collect the cooked drumstick separately from the cooked dal mixture.
  3. Mash the toor dal and pumpkin together with the help of a masher. Mashed dal pumpkin mixture.

For preparing sambar:

  1. Crackle the mustard seeds in the cooking oil.
  2. Add fenugreek seeds (¼ tsp), dry red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves and hing powder (1/8 tsp) to it. Sauté for a minute.
  3. Add sambar onions to it and roast until it turns transparent.
  4. Add tomatoes to it and cook until it becomes soft.
  5. Add carrot, potato, beans, pepper powder and cumin powder to it and cook covered until the vegetables gets cooked well (5-7 minutes at medium flame).
  6. Add prepared tamarind juice, turmeric powder and salt (required) to it. Boil until froth and small bubbles appear.
  7. Then, add the mashed dal pumpkin mixture, cooked drumstick, ground powder and water (150 ml) to it. Mix it well.
  8. Cook until yellow froth appears (3 minutes at medium flame). Turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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