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Quick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe


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For those of you who love to have idli or dosa for breakfast, here is a Quick Sambar recipe. Made with just whole, peeled shallots and potato, it is very easy to make. God knows we all need easier dishes for breakfast time, being so hectic – especially if you pack lunches and need it all to be done before 9 am. Use you favorite sambar powder or use the recipe for home made sambar powder given below. A quick and tasty recipe that will come in handy, I am sure.

Quick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe

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Recipe Name:  Quick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe
Recipe Type: Breakfast / Vegetarian
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time:15 min
Total time: 
Yield: (4 servings)


  • ¼ cup tur dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 8- 10 shallots
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2- 2 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tsp tamarind pulp, soaked in 2-3 Tbsp hot (boiled) water
  • 1 – 1 ¼ tsp sambar powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 3 Tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp salt, divided

For tempering:

  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 dried chillies, broken
  • ½ tsp fresh asafetida powder


  • Place the tamarind pulp in 3 Tbsp of hot water and leave to soak. When it is soften, Squeeze and strain to extract the solution. Discard the residual pulp.
  • Peel the shallots. Leave whole. Also peel the potatoes and cut into large pieces.
  • Add the dal to a small pressure cooker. Rinse well and strain.
  • Add 2 cups fresh water, half the salt and  the turmeric powder.
  • Close the  cooker. Apply the pressure regulator when a steady flow of steam is seen. Wait for a single steam whistle.
  • Place the pressure cooker under running water, so that it may cool down quickly.
  • Open the pressure cooker and remove most of the dal ( about 70 %) from the cooker. I do this by pouring out the entire contents of the pressure cooker into a heat resistant bowl and then pouring back the stock and just a few ladles of the dal into the pressure cooker again. Set aside this dal.
  • To the pressure cooker, add the whole, peeled shallots and potato pieces.
  • Add just a dash more water to cover the potato and add remaining salt now.
  • Close the cooker again, apply the pressure regulator and wait for another single steam whistle.
  • Cool the cooker under running water, just as before and open.
  • Now return the reserved dal and add1 – 2 Tbsp of the tamarind solution. Bring to a boil.
  • Add sambar powder and coriander powder.
  • Simmer for 8-10 minutes, till the sambar has thickened. Turn off the heat.


  •  Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add curry leaves and dried chilli and fry briefly, retaining the bright color.
  • Also, add the asafetida powder. Allow to sizzle and release its aroma.
  • Quickly pour the tempered ingredients over the sambar now.
  • Lastly, add the chopped coriander leaves. cover the sambar without stirring till ready to serve.

quick breakfast sambar recipe

Quick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe


For home made Sambar Powder:

  • 1 Tbsp gingelly oil
  • 2 Tbsp curry leaves
  • ½ cup bengal gram dhal
  • ¼ cup toor dal
  • 2 tsp urudh dhal
  • 1 cup coriander seeds
  • 9-15 dried chillies according to preference
  • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp asafoetida


  • Smear a pan with the oil. Add the ingredients, one by one and roast with content stirring for 5 minutes on low – medium heat.
  • Grind to a powder. Cool and store in an airtight jar. Refrigerated, this powder will last over a month.

Key Ingredients: Toor Dhal, Shallots, Potato, Tamarind, Spice, Coriander Powder, Asafoetida, Curry Leaves, Coriander Leaves, Dried Chilly, Salt.

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