Udipi sambhar

Udipi sambhar

Udipi Sambhar is derived from the name of the temple town – Udipi. Udipi city is famous for its sai Krishna temple and udipi cuisine. It is purely vegetarian. Udipi food is satvik without the use of onions and garlic.

Udipi Sambhar – lightly sweet, semi spiced, tangy and a flavorful sambhar made with pigeon pea lentils and mixed vegetables.

Also here we use freshly roasted spices and coconut, so we need not use any Instant Sambhar powder. Now let us move to the recipe.

Udipi Sambhar

Udipi Sambhar


  • Pigeon pea / Toor Dal / Tuvaram paruppu – 1/2 cup
  • Carrot – 1 nos (peeled and chopped)
  • White pumpkin – ¼ kg (peeled and chopped)
  • Drumstick – 1 no (chopped)
  • Brinjals – 3 nos(chopped lengthwise)
  • Tomato – 1(medium sized)
  • Small onions / Shallots – 10 nos
  • Tamarind – a lemon sized
  • Jaggery – 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – a strand
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing

For sambhar powder:

  • Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
  • Urad al / Black gram- 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek / Methi seeds – ¼ tsp
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • Red chillies – 4 nos
  • Grated / Dessicated coconut – ¼ cup


  • Dry roast all the ingredients under the sambhar powder, let it cool and grind them to fine paste by adding little water.
  • Pressure cook pigeon pea / toor dal with 2 cups of water and pinch of turmeric powder.
  • When the dal is cooked soft, mash the dal with spoon.
  • In another pan, boil all the vegetables with 2 cups of water and salt.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water and after 10 mins, squeeze it with the water. Now drain the water alone and keep it aside.
  • Now pour in the dal to the veggies, when the veggies are cooked. Let it boil.
  • Pour in the tamarind extract to the veggie and check for salt and let it boil.
  • Now pour the grounded masala followed with a cup of water and cover with the lid.
  • When they are done, put the jaggery and stir in, till it melts.
  • Heat oil in a tadka. Put mustard, redchillies and curry leaves, wait till it crackle.
  • Pour it to the sambhar and mix it well.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.





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