How to Make Radish Sambar – A Flavorful South Indian Lentil Dish

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Radish Sambar Recipe

Radish Sambar is a delicious and flavorful South Indian dish that is made with lentils, vegetables, and a special blend of spices. This dish is an excellent way to incorporate the health benefits of radishes into your diet.

Here’s a simple recipe for making Radish Sambar:

Radish Sambar
Radish Sambar


  • 1 cup Toor Dal (pigeon peas)
  • 1 large Radish, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 Green Chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 small piece of Tamarind
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Water as required
  • Oil for cooking


  1. Wash and soak the toor dal in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water and add the dal to a pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water, chopped radish, and turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until the dal is cooked.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Once they start to splutter, add chopped onions, green chilies, and sauté until onions turn translucent.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, red chili powder, sambar powder, and salt. Cook until tomatoes turn mushy.
  4. Extract juice from the tamarind and add it to the pan. Mix well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Mash the cooked dal with a ladle and add it to the pan. Mix well and add water to adjust the consistency of the sambar.
  6. Let the sambar simmer for 5-10 minutes until it thickens and the flavors blend together.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or dosa.

Radish Sambar is a flavorful and nutritious dish that is perfect for a comforting meal. You can also add other vegetables like drumsticks or eggplant to the sambar for a variation. Enjoy!


  • Adjust the consistency: Add water to adjust the consistency of the sambar. It should not be too thick or too thin.
  • Use freshly ground spices: Freshly ground spices will give the sambar a rich and flavorful taste. You can dry roast the spices before grinding to enhance their aroma.
  • Use tamarind pulp: Use tamarind pulp instead of tamarind paste as it gives a better flavor to the sambar.
  • Don’t overcook the vegetables: Be careful not to overcook the vegetables as they will become mushy and lose their flavor.
  • Let the sambar simmer: Let the sambar simmer for 5-10 minutes after adding the dal and water so that the flavors blend together and the sambar thickens.

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