Tomato Sambhar

Tomato Sambhar


  • Tomato, chopped into chunks ~ 3
  • Onion, slit lengthwise ~ 1
  • Toor Dhal ~ ½ cup
  • Water ~ 2 cups
  • Tamarind extract ~ 1 Tbsp.
  • Mustard Seeds ~ 1 tsp.
  • Fenugreek ~ 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric ~ a pinch
  • Sambhar powder, Corriander powder ~ to taste
  • Salt ~ to taste
  • Oil ~ 1 Tbsp.


  • Boil toor dal with water (1:3 ratio) and turmeric in a pressure cooker until well cooked.
  • In a pan, add the oil, and once hot add the mustard and fenugreek seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the onion and saute until it turns translucent.
  • Now add the tomatoes, sambhar and corriander powders, and saute for a couple of mins. until the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add the tamarind extract, salt and the remaining water and let it come to a boil.
  • Finally, add the mashed/cooked toor dal and let it all come together.

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