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The Authentic Recipe and Flavours of Sambar

September 22, 2021

Tangy, spicy and aromatic is a perfect description of a staple lentil based stew with vegetables from Southern India, whose aroma alone is enough to make one’s mouth water. Sambar or Sambhar is not just fragrant but also an extremely flavoursome stew with perfect balance of flavours. Prepared with pigeon pea lentils, tamarind paste and a unique spice blend called Sambar powder; the stew is an integral part of every household down south. However, its popularity is far beyond that region and is eaten with great love and relish all across the country as well as globe.

A good sambar recipe comprises of one or more vegetables along with lentils, sambar masala powder, tamarind and few other spices. A fine blend of sambar powder always results in delicious and hearty sambar. Rich in proteins and other nutrients, a perfect sambar should have right balance of four flavours: sweetness, salt, sourness and spiciness. It is enjoyed with idli, dosa, rice, medu vada and other dishes.

Cee pee brings to you the best sambar masala powder that offers most aromatic and scrumptious sambar dish. The sambhar masala price is as genuine as the each spice in our sambar masala blend.

The Authentic Recipe and Flavours of Sambar

Sambar Powder and the Right Blend

A sambar masala powder is an aromatic flavoursome mix of spices that adds a new life to the dish. A large number of spices go in the making of this blend with varying ingredients depending upon the region it is prepared. Apart from imparting flavour and aroma to the sambar, the spice mix also offers plenty of health benefits, characterized by each spice. Some of the common ingredients that are integral for making of this blend are mentioned below.

  • Bengal Gram
  • Black Gram
  • Methi Seeds
  • Toor Dal
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Asafoetida
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Turmeric
  • Red Chilli

Choice of Vegetables

Sambar without vegetable is incomplete, however, with veggies it makes for a whole some meal when eaten with some grains or rice, dosa, idli or vada. Many vegetables can be added to the stew that adds to its nutritional value as well as taste.

  • Pumpkin
  • Tomato
  • Drumsticks
  • Onions
  • Snake Guard
  • Brinjal
  • Green Beans
  • Bottle Gourd
  • Carrot
  • Okra

Sambar Recipe

Every household has its own recipe of preparing this delectable sambar dish. Some prefer it spicy while others prefer sour; some prefer large chunk of veggies whereas others like it small and some like it of thick consistency while some like it to be more diluted.


For Pressure Cooking

  • 1 cup Toor Dal or Arhar Dal
  • 1 tsp Cee pee Turmeric Powder
  • 4 cups Water


  • 15-20 Drumsticks
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium sized tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 very small Bottle Gourd, diced
  • 1 small Carrot, chopped
  • 1 small Potato, chopped

Other Ingredients

  • 1 Lemon sized Tamarind
  • 2 tsp Sugar or jaggery (optional)
  • 2-4 Green Chilli, slit
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Cee pee Turmeric Powder
  • 4 tsp Cee pee Sambar Masala

For Tempering

  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 2 tsp Cee pee Mustard Seeds
  • 1.5 tsp Urad Dal
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • Pinch of Cee pee Bandhani Hing


  1. In a pressure cooker, add toor dal, water and pinch of turmeric powder. Cook it for 5 whistles.
  2. Meanwhile, soak tamarind in water in a small bowl.
  3. While dal is cooking, prepare all the vegetables including drumsticks, onions, tomato, bottle gourd, carrot and potato.
  4. Now take tamarind water in a large kadai and add to it a tsp of jaggery or sugar along with turmeric powder, salt and green chilli.
  5. Also, add all the chopped vegetables in the kadai and cook for about 10 minutes on medium flame. Keep stirring occasionally.
  6. Once dal is cooked, mash it well and pour it into the kadai as well. Bring the mixture to boil.
  7. This is the right time to add Sambar Masala. Mix well so that no lumps are formed. Again, bring it to boil.
  8. For tempering, heat some oil in a small pan and add urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing, and red chillies. Roast it well.
  9. Add the tempering to the freshly made sambar. Mix it thoroughly.
  10. Serve sambar piping hot with rice, dosa, idli, vada, uttappam or any other dish.

Tips and Tricks

  • In case of excess sourness due to high quantity of tamarind, add bit of jaggery to compensate the taste.
  • Ensure not to overcook the vegetables. They should be soft and tender but not mushy.
  • To fasten the process of cooking, it is preferable to soak toor dal or arhar dal for about 15 to 20 minutes prior cooking.

Sambar tastes best when served piping hot just out of the pan. To enjoy the delish and aromatic sambar at your home, Cee pee presents Sambar Powder online at best sambar powder price. Ground to perfection, each spice in our sambar masala packet is freshly procured and is of premium quality. Now relish the delicious stew at convenience of your home by ordering Cee pee spices online through various online platforms including Amazon, Grofers and Bigbasket.



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