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Sambar Vadai Recipe

Hotel style sambar vadai with step wise photos.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Soaking Time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4


For Making Vadai:

  • Urad Dal - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil – To deep fry

For Making Sambar:

  • Tur Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Pumpkin - 50 gms
  • Onion - 2
  • Tomato - 3
  • Tamarind - 1 small lemon size
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafetida - 2 pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery - 2 tsp

For Spice Powder:

  • Whole dry red Chillies - 10
  • Channa dal- 1 tbsp
  • Whole coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp

To Serve:

  • Onion - 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp finely chopped


To Make Vadai:

  • Wash urad dal once and soak for 3 hours and grind to a thick batter.
  • Add salt, beat the batter well with hands.
  • Shape the vadas and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown and drain on to a kitchen paper.

To Make Sambar:

  • Chop the yellow pumpkin into big chunks. Wash tur dal.
  • Pressure cook both pumpkin and tur dal together in enough water for 4-5 whistles and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan and dry roast chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, channa dal for 3-4 mins over low flame till they turn golden brown. Keep aside to cool.
  • Place the roasted spices in a mixie jar and powder finely.
  • Soak tamarind in hot water and extract pulp and keep aside.
  • Mash the cook dal and pumpkin mixture well and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, when they crackle add the chopped onions and cook till it becomes translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook it turns mushy.
  • Add tamarind pulp, turmeric powder and bring to a boil
  • Add finely ground spice powder, asafetida, curry leaves and salt and simmer for 5 mins.
  • Add the cooked dal mixture, 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to the consistency and mix well. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add coriander leaves and Jaggery and take off the stove.

How to Serve Sambar Vadai:

  • Take 1/4 portion of the sambar in a wide bowl. To this add 1/2 cup of hot water and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Put the vadais in this liquefied sambar. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take out the soaked vadais with a slotted ladle and arrange in individual serving bowl.
  • Pour the remaining hot sambar from the 3/4 th portion of the sambar kept aside over these vadais.
  • Sprinkle finely chopped onion and top it up with coriander leaves.
  • Sambar Vadai is ready to be served hot.