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Shallot Sambar – Thick Lentil Soup Recipe

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There are so many varieties of making Sambar and here is one of them. The sweet shallots cooked with tangy, spicy lentil soup is a perfect side dish for any meal to make it complete and flavorful. Shallot Sambar recipe that I shared here is our family’s signature recipe. Here goes the recipe for this yummy Sambar.




Serves – 2 – 3
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins

  • Split Skinless pigeon peas (Toor Dal) (wash, drain water soak in fresh water for 1/2 hr) – 1/2 Cup
  • Shallot (peeled) – 1 Cup
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp (divided)
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) – pinch
  • Sambar Powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp or to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Sugar – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Tamarind – 5 Flakes (soak in water to extract juice)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1 no


  • Pressure cook the dal with 1 cup of water, turmeric powder, salt, tomato till soft (atleast 5 whistles)
  • Meanwhile extract juice from soaked tamarind, set it aside. Chop cilatnro, curry leaves and peel the shallots.
  • In a pan add 1 tsp of oil and fry the shallots till tender.
  • Once the dal is done mash it completely, add to the cooked shallots.
  • Add in red chilli powder, tamarind juice, sugar, sambar powder and bring to a boil.
  • Then start prepare seasoning in another pan. Start by heating the oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves and cilantro.
  • Add the seasoning immediately into the boiling sambar.Serve immediately with rice/ roti/ poori.
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  1. chinnu

    thumps up

    will try it for sure

    1. admin

      Gud Luck!

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