Udupi Sambar


The cuisine of Udupi in the Mangalorean belt is so unique and special. Most of the vegetarian dishes in Udupi cuisine follow a tradition of no onions or garlic in their food of Udupi style sambar.


Shallots / Sambar Onion.
Curry leaves.
Green Chilies.
Salt to taste.
Turmeric Powder.
Tamarind Pulp.
Jaggery or Sugar.
Coriander leaves.
For Cooking Dal:
Toordal .
Turmeric Powder.

Udupi Sambar Powder.
Mix Vegetables.
For Seasoning:
Oil / Ghee .

Mustard Seeds.
Cumin Seeds.
Dry Red Chili.
Curry Leaves.


  • First cook dal, by taking all the ingredients given for cooking dal in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles, simmer the cooker for 5 Mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and mash up the dal. Set aside.
  • Now make the sambar masala. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add in all the sambar masala ingredients. Roast on a low heat till it gets golden. Remove this to a blender and add little water at a time and make it into a fine paste. Set aside.
  • Take a big pot. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil. Once it is hot, add in onions, shallots, green chilies, tomatoes and curry leaves. Sauté for a couple of Mins.
  • Add in all the veggies along with salt and turmeric powder. Mix that well for 5 min or so. So there is no raw smell. 
  • Now add in water and cover the pot and cook for 10 Mins till the veggies are tender.
  • Add in cooked dal, sambar masala, and jaggery and tamarind pulp. Mix well and taste the sambar adjusts the seasoning. Simmer the pot for 10 to 15 Mins.
  • Now make seasoning by heating oil or ghee and frying all the ingredients listed. Pour this over the sambar and mix well.
  • Add in lots of chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Serve hot with rice.

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