Sambar Rice

Sambar Rice is a combination of rice and sambar which is then cooked with vegetables. It is an ideal lunch-box recipe for busy mornings. Popularly famous in South-Indian restaurants due to its simplicity and amazing taste. 

Servings:- 2 people

Course:- Lunch

Cuisine:- South Indian


2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

A pinch of asafoetida

A few curry leaves

1 dried red chilli

1/2 onion, petals

1/2 tomato, chopped

1/2 carrot, julienned

4-5 beans, chopped

1 drumstick, chopped 

1 cup water

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt as per taste

1/4 cup tamarind pulp

1/2 tsp jaggery

3-4 tbsp sambar powder

2 cups cooked rice

1/2 cup cooked toor dal


1. First, in a kadai heat 2 tbsp ghee. Once the oil gets hot add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, a few curry leaves and dried red chilli. Saute them on medium flame and let them splutter. 

2. Now, add 1/2 onion petals and saute them for a minute. Next, add 1/2 chopped tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. 

3. Further add 1/2 julienned carrot, 1 chopped drumstick and 4-5 beans. You can add in vegetables of your choice. Saute them for a minute. 

4. Now, add 1 cup water, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt as required. Cover with a lid and let the vegetables boil for 5-6 mins.

5. Next, add 1/4 cup tamarind pulp and 1/2 tsp jaggery. Mix them well and boil again for 4-5 mins. 

6. Further add 3-4 tbsp sambar powder, 2 cups cooked rice and 1/2 cup toor dal. Mix all the ingredients well and adjust the consistency, adding water if required. Allow to simmer for 2-3 mins or until the sambar rice thickens slightly.

7. Finally, serve sambar rice immediately with appalam or chips.