Sambhar is the most popular South Indian dish which is made using toor dal. Toor dal which is also referred to as lentils is a very nutritious part of every Indian meal. Toor dal contains folic acid and a rich source of plant protein. It contains complex carbohydrates which gives energy to the body. Toor dal has dietary fiber and regular intake of these healthy legumes improves the overall health. This is one of the solid foods which kids are introduced to in their early childhood.

Preparation time – 10 mins

Cooking time – 20 mins

Serves – 4

Toor dal – 1 cup
Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
Castor oil – 2 drops
Onions – 1 large
Tomatoe – 1
Tamarind – gooseberry size
Sambar powder – 2 tsp
Drumstick – 2
Raw mangoes – 4 pieces , 1 inch size

To temper
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves – 5
Dry red chilly – 1


Wash the toor dal and take it in a pressure cooker, add turmeric and castor oil and allow it to cook for 3 to 4 whistles.

Thinly slice the onions and chop the tomatoes into fine pieces, cut the drumstick as a 1 or 2 inch pieces according to your choice and keep them aside. Once the toor dal is done, transfer the dal into another bowl. Take some water from dhal filtered to make rasam. 

Heat oil in Kadai and add in the mustard seeds, once they splutter add the onions and saute for 2 mins. Now add tomatoes and saute with a pinch of salt for another 2 mins. Add the tamarind extract and mix well.

Add the drumsticks and give it a stir. Now add the sambar powder and mix well, pour in the dhal ,add salt to taste . Allow it to cook for 10 mins until the drumstick is soft and done. 


Finally give tempering with mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry red Chilli.

Delicious sambhar is ready, it can be served with some rice, ghee, papad and vegetables to make a hearty lunch!