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Sambar, also spelled sambhar or sambaar, is popular in South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil cuisines. Here’s how to make this easy lentil and vegetable stew!

Let's start cooking!

Boil lentils in pot

Step 1 - Boil lentils

  • In a pot on medium heat, add drained lentils and 2 L water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 ½ hours.
Lentils are low in calories and contain very little fat. However, they are high in dietary fiber, phosphorus, copper and manganese, as well as vitamin B1 and B6, zinc and potassium
Fry vegetables in pan

Step 2 - Cook vegetable stew

  • In a deep pan on medium heat, add 2 Tbsp vegetable oil. When hot, add dried chili, mustard seeds, curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, 10 g turmeric powder and 15 g sambar powder.
  • Stir-fry until evenly mixed.
  • Add potato, carrot, pumpkin, shallots and minced garlic, then add 500 ml water.
  • Stir well, then bring to a boil.
  • Add lady’s finger, tomatoes and eggplant, then stir well.
Stir in coconut milk into vegetable stew

Step 3 - Finish sambar

  • Gently stir the pot of lentils, lightly breaking up the lentils.
  • Ladle lentils into vegetable stew, andstir well to combine.
  • Stir in coconut milk and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
This dish goes especially well with biryani rice!

Let's plate and serve!

Vegetable stew with lentils

Remove from heat and serve hot!

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