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Udipi Sambar, How to make Udipi Style Sambar

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Recipe for udupi style sambar. Udupi mangalorean style sambar recipe. It goes very well for dosa and rice. This recipe here is made without coconut. Kannada Special!

  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x



For Boiling Dal

  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 1 drumstick, chopped
  • 2 cups water

For Udupi Sambar Masala

  • 2 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon methi (fenugreek / vendhayam)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin Seeds
  • 5 byadagi chillies
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Other ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 brinjal, diced
  • goose berry size tamarind
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hing (asafoetida / perungayam)
  • 2 tablespoon jaggery
  • 2 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Take a pan and heat coconut oil until slightly hot. Add in all the ingredients of the sambar powder masala and roast on a low flame until the lentils are golden. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate to cool. Grind it with half a cup of water to a smooth paste. Set aside.
  2. Boil the toor dal along with drumstick and water in a pressure cooker. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add in the tomatoes and brinjal. Saute for a couple of minutes. Add in the tamarind pulp.
  4. Let the mixture boil for 10 minutes. Add in the jaggery, salt and hing.
  5. Add in the ground sambar masala paste. Add half a cup of water to clean the mixie jar and add the water back to the pan. Let the mixture simmer for 5 more minutes. Add in the cooked dal mixture to the pan.
  6. Simmer briefly for a couple of minutes. Add in the chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Udupi - Karnataka
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