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vegetable sambar recipe | mangalore style veg sambar recipe

mangalore style vegetable sambar recipe with step by step photos – mix vegetable sambar made with lentils, roasted spices and fresh coconut paste.

sharing a recipe of a mangalore style sambar. the recipe comes from my aunt who is from mangalore. we have been making this sambar for ages now.

in this recipe, the roasted spices ground with fresh coconut, gives a different taste, than the regular sambar i make.

the sambar is best served with some hot steamed rice. however even with an idli or dosa, this sambar tastes good. we make this sambar with lentils like arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils), moong beans and chawli beans (black eyed beans). i have already shared the black eyed beans sambar too.

the vegetables added are brinjals, pumpkin, carrots, drumsticks, bottle gourd, ash gourd, sambar cucumber, tomatoes, french beans. you can choose a mix of veggies you have.

there are many steps invloved while making this sambar. i have grouped the steps in headings in the step wise post below. first cook the dal/lentils and then you can proceed simultaneously with the remaining steps.

if you are looking for more sambar recipes then do check udipi sambar, tiffin sambarvengaya sambararachuvitta sambarkerala sambar and sambar recipe.

mangalore style veg sambar recipe below:

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vegetable sambar recipe - mangalore style veg sambar
prep time
30 mins
cook time
20 mins
total time
50 mins
 
vegetable sambar mangalore style - mix vegetable sambar made with lentils, roasted spices and fresh coconut paste.
course: main
cuisine: south indian
servings: 4
author: dassana
ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)
for cooking dal:
  • ¼ cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • 1 cup water for pressure cooking dal
veggies and spices for sambar:
  • ½ cup diced brinjals (baingan) or about 3 to 4 medium brinjals
  • 1/3 to ½ cup chopped potatoes or 1 medium potato
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots or 1 medium carrot
  • 1/3 cup chopped french beans or 8 to 10 french beans, chopped
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup thickly sliced shallots or small onions or sambhar onions
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes or 1 medium tomato
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1.5 cups water for cooking veggies
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon jaggery or add as per taste
  • salt as required
for tamarind pulp:
  • ½ tablespoon tightly packed seedless tamarind (imli)
  • ¼ cup hot water
for sambar masala paste:
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 10 to 12 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • 5 to 6 byadagi chilies or any less hot dry red chilies - halved or broken and deseeded
  • 8 to 10 whole black peppers (sabut kali mirch)
  • ¼ cup tightly packed grated coconut
  • 1 or 2 garlic (lahsun) - chopped
  • ½ cup water for grinding
for tempering veg sambar:
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 4 to 5 garlic, crushed lightly with their peels on
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 to 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch) - halved or broken and deseeded
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
how to make recipe
preparing the freshly ground sambar masala:
  1. heat a tawa or a small frying pan and dry roast the following spices on a low flame - 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 10 to 12 methi seeds, 5 to 6 byadagi chilies or any less hot dry red chilies (halved or broken and deseeded), 8 to 10 whole black peppers.
  2. roast these spices till they become fragrant.
  3. now add these spices in a grinder jar. add 1 or 2 garlic (chopped) and ¼ cup tightly packed grated coconut.
  4. add ½ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. add more water if required while grinding. keep aside covered.
cooking lentils for veg sambar:
  1. rinse tuvar dal a couple of time in water. the pressure cook tuvar dal with 1 cup of water for 4 to 5 whistles or till the lentils become mushy and soft. 

  2. mash the dal and keep aside. you can also cook the dal in a pan. if cooking in a pan, then cover and cook till the lentils are done. add more water if required.

preparing tamarind pulp:
  1. soak ½ tbsp tightly packed seedless tamarind in ¼ cup hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. later squeeze the pulp from the tamarind directly in the water. strain and keep aside.
cooking veggies for sambar:
  1. rinse, peel and dice all the veggies. add them in a pan. i used a mix of brinjals, carrots, french beans, potatoes, tomatoes and pearl onions.
  2. now add 1.5 cups water. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and stir well. cover the pan and cook the veggies on a low to medium flame.
  3. cook till the veggies become tender and are almost cooked. now add the mashed dal and stir very well.
  4. then add the tamarind pulp. add the ground sambar masala paste. mix and stir very well. simmer for 8 to 9 minutes.
  5. season with salt as per taste. add ½ to 1 tsp jaggery. add the jaggery as per taste.
  6. continue to simmer for 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame. do stir at intervals. if the sambar looks thick, then you can add some more water. once the sambar is done, cover and keep aside.
tempering for veg sambar:
  1. heat 2 tbsp oil. then add 1 tsp mustard seeds and crackle them.
  2. next add 4 to 5 garlic, crushed lightly with their peels on. stir and saute for some seconds.
  3. add a generous pinch of asafoetida/hing, 1 to 2 dry red chilies (halved or broken & deseeded), 1 sprig curry leaves.
  4. saute till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp. this takes just some seconds.
  5. then pour the whole tempering mixture into the veg sambar. cover for 5 minutes and let the tempering flavors infuse with the sambar.
  6. you can garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve veg sambar hot with steamed rice.


step by step mangalore style veg sambar recipe:

preparing the freshly ground sambar masala:

1. heat a tawa or a small frying pan and dry roast the following spices on a low flame – 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 10 to 12 methi seeds, 5 to 6 byadagi chilies or any less hot dry red chilies (halved or broken and deseeded), 8 to 10 whole black peppers.

2. roast these spices till they become fragrant.

3. now add these spices in a grinder jar. add 1 or 2 garlic (chopped) and ¼ cup tightly packed grated coconut.

4. add ½ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. add more water if required while grinding. keep aside covered.

cooking lentils – rinse ¼ cup tuvar dal a couple of times. then pressure cook in 1 cup of water for 4 to 5 whistles, till the lentils become mushy and soft. mash the dal and keep aside. you can also cook the dal in a pan. if cooking in a pan, then cover and cook till the lentils are done. add more water if required.

preparing tamarind pulp:

1. soak ½ tbsp tightly packed seedless tamarind in ¼ cup hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.

2. later squeeze the pulp from the tamarind directly in the water. strain and keep aside.

cooking veggies for vegetable sambar:

1. rinse, peel and dice all the veggies. add them in a pan.  i used a mix of brinjals, carrots, french beans, potatoes, tomatoes and pearl onions. for brinjals, chop them and keep immersed in salted water for 15 minutes.

2. now add 1.5 cups water.

3. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and stir well. cover the pan and cook the veggies on a low to medium flame. you can even saute the veggies in some oil and then cook them in water.

4. cook till the veggies become tender and almost cooked.

5. now add the mashed dal and stir very well.

6. then add the tamarind pulp.

7. add the ground sambar masala paste. mix and stir very well. simmer for 8 to 9 minutes. do stir occasionally while simmering.

8. then season with salt as per taste.

9. add ½ to 1 tsp jaggery. add the jaggery as per taste.

10. continue to simmer for 7 to 8 minutes more. if the sambar looks thick, then you can add some more water. once the sambar is done, cover and keep aside.

tempering for veg sambar:

1. heat 2 tbsp oil. then add 1 tsp mustard seeds and crackle them.

2. next add 4 to 5 garlic, crushed lightly with their peels on. stir and saute for some seconds.

3. add a generous pinch of asafoetida/hing, 1 to 2 dry red chilies (halved or broken & deseeded) & 1 sprig curry leaves.

4. saute till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp. this takes just some seconds.

5. then pour the whole tempering mixture into the veg sambar.  cover for 5 minutes and let the tempering flavors infuse with the sambar.

6. you can garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve veg sambar hot with steamed rice. you can also serve it with south indian snacks like idli, dosa, medu vada, uttapam.




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