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Mor Sambar

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Mor Sambar or Sambar made with buttermilk is a nice variation to the usual sambar made for lunch. This is a very simple recipe and can be made within minutes.

  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x




  • 3/4 cup Plain Yogurt – Curd
  • 1/3 cup Toor Dal

For Frying Ladies Finger

  • 15 Ladies Finger, cut into inch size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • a pinch of salt

For the Curry

  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 5 dry red chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon salt



  1. Mix 3/4 cup of plain yogurt (curd) with 1/2 cup of water and mix well with a whisk to get rid of lumps. Set aside.
  2. Boil 1/3 cup of Toor dal with a cup of water in a pressure cooker for 5 whistles. Remove from heat and allow the pressure to settle naturally. Set aside.

For Frying Ladies Finger

  1. Fry the ladies finger in a teaspoon of oil and a pinch of salt until the veggie is brown and no more slimy. Set aside.

For the Curry

  1. Dry roast coriander seeds and dry red chillies on a low flame until the seeds are slightly brown and very aromatic. Dry roast fenugreek seeds on a low flame until the seeds are slightly brown and very aromatic. Remove from the skillet and set aside on a plate to cool.
  2. Grind the roasted seeds and the chilli to a fine powder. Set aside.
  3. Heat sesame oil (gingely oil) in a pan and add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add in the asafoetida powder (perungayam – hing). Add half a cup of water and the ground masala powder. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add a cup of water and the cooked dal mixture. Add in the fried ladies finger and salt. Let the mixture come to a full boil.
  5. Switch off the flame and add in the yogurt-water mixture.
  6. Serve hot with rice.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: curry
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu
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