Sambar Rice



  • Vegetables of your choice (carrots, spinach, yuca yam, pumpkin)
  • Rice, 1 cup
  • Dhal of your choice, 1 cup
  • Sambar Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup tamarind juice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped


  1. Wash the rice, and dhal and add to a large pressure cooker.
  2. Chop your vegetables, and to add pressure cooker.
  3. Add a little bit of turmeric powder, salt and powdered black pepper.
  4. Cook this mixture for about 3 – 4 whistles before removing from heat.
  5. Heat oil in a separate pot.  Add mustard seeds.  Once the mustard seeds pop, add the curry leaves, chopped onions and garlic.
  6. Sauté the onions and garlic for a few minutes until they caramelize.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes, sambar powder and salt.
  8. Mix well and cook until tomatoes become thick and saucy.
  9. Add the tamarind juice and cook just until it start to boil.
  10. Add the rice and vegetable mixture to the pot containing the tomato/tamarind sauce, and mix well.
  11. Add a bit of ghee to your liking and serve with your favourite sides.

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