How to Make Authentic Udupi Sambar with Fresh Vegetables and Homemade Sambar Powder

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Udupi Sambar Recipe

Udupi Sambar is a popular South Indian dish that originates from the Udupi region of Karnataka. It is a flavorful and delicious lentil-based stew that is prepared with a unique blend of spices and vegetables. This dish is typically served with steamed rice, idli, or dosa. The key to making a delicious Udupi Sambar is to use fresh ingredients and roast the spices well to bring out their flavors. In this recipe, we will show you how to make authentic Udupi Sambar with step-by-step instructions.

Udupi Sambar
Udupi Sambar


  • 1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 small potato, chopped
  • 10-12 beans, chopped
  • 1 drumstick, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup tamarind juice
  • 2 tbsp sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

For Tempering:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dried red chili
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Few curry leaves


  1. Wash the toor dal and pressure cook with 2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles or until soft and mushy.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once they start to splutter, add cumin seeds, dried red chili, asafoetida, and curry leaves.
  3. Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  4. Add chopped vegetables and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add tamarind juice, sambar powder, turmeric powder, jaggery, and salt to the vegetables. Mix well and bring it to a boil.
  6. Add the cooked toor dal to the mixture and mix well. Add more water if required to adjust the consistency.
  7. Let the sambar simmer for 10-15 minutes on low flame.
  8. In a separate pan, roast grated coconut until golden brown and add it to the sambar. Mix well.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice, idli, or dosa.

Enjoy the authentic taste of Udupi Sambar with this easy-to-follow recipe!


  • Use fresh vegetables for better flavor.
  • Roast the spices well to enhance their flavors.
  • Use homemade sambar powder for an authentic taste.
  • Adjust the consistency carefully.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or dosa.

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