Sambhar (no onion no garlic)

Sambhar (no onion no garlic)

I have heard of this no onion no garlic recipes, but was wondering how far it would be tasty. Finally with the guts started preparing “no onion no garlic recipes” – first with Sambhar.  I have prepared the sambhar by roasting few spices and grinding them. After tasting the sambhar, wow everything was perfect. Let us move on to the recipe…


Sambhar (no onion no garlic version)

Sambhar (no onion no garlic version)


  • Toor dal/Pigeon pea/Thuvaram paruppu – ¼ cup
  • Tamarind – a gooseberry sized
  • Carrot – 1 no
  • Radish – 1 no
  • Drumstick – 1 no
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Hing/Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Red chillies – 5 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a string


  • Pressure cook toor dal/pigeon pea for about 3 whistles. It should be boiled to mashing consistency.
  • Soak tamarind in water for 15 mins and extract the juice.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai and fry red chillies, coriander seeds, channa dal and fenugreek seeds. Grind it to fine powder.
  • Wash and chop the vegetables roughly.
  • Heat oil in kadai. Put mustard and curry leaves. Wait till they crackle.
  • Put the vegetables, turmeric powder and salt. Saute them nicely for abt 5 mins and pour a cupof water. Cover with the lid and allow the veggies to boil.
  • Pour in the tamarind juice and allow it boil in medium flame till the raw smell goes off.
  • Put in the grounded sambhar powder, stir it well. Allow to boil for 5 mins.
  • Put the mashed dal and give a stir. Cover and cook for few mins, till everything blends well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice, poriyal(stir fry) and appalam/pappadam.


2 Responses »

  1. I wouldn’t have thought ‘no onion no garlic’ was possible, but you have proved me wrong. I know lots of people who can’t tolerate one or the other, so this is a very practical recipe – and looks delicious to boot.

    • Even I was wondering lyk you and thought it wont be tasty. Finally thught to do something than usual recipe, I never expected it was a delicious. Try out, it very easy and simple.

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