October 20, 2012

Potato sambar recipe - Batate sambar - Alugadde sambar

Potato sambar recipe - This sambar recipe is about how to make lip-smacking South Indian style sambar with toor dal and potatoes. In South Inda, sambar is often made in every household for idli, uttappam, dosa   and rice. I really love this sambar and I have made so many times. Every time it comes out tasty. Homemade sambar powder, jeera, methi, hing, ginger, red chillies and curry leaves add flavor to this sambar.

Potato Sambar Recipe
Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 30 mins
Total time : 45 mins
Recipe type : Main Coarse
Cuisine : South Indian
Yield : Serves 4
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 2  tomatoes
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp fresh coconut paste
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds / methi dana
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida / hing
  • 1/4 tsp mustard  seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder / haldi
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2-3 medium sized onions
  • 2 tbsp sambar powder
  • 2 tsp jaggery powder
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil  as required
  • 4 broken red chillies
  1. Clean and wash the toor dal. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, fenugreek seeds, ginger, asafoetida, and four cups of water.  Pressure cook for 3 - 4 whistles or till the dal becomes soft.
  2. When the pressure releases, remove the dal container, mash the dal and  keep it aside. 
  3. Wash and boil the potatoes till soft.  Peel and cut the boiled potatoes into small cubes. Keep it aside.
  4. Heat a tbsp oil in a pan.  Add  mustard seeds. When they start spluttering,  add the cumin seeds, asafoetida,  fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Saute for few seconds. 
  5. Add the onions and fry till translucent.  Add  turmeric powder, sambar masala  and chilli powder. Saute for a while.
  6. Add tamarind pulp, coconut paste, jaggery and saute for 3-4 minutes. 
  7. Add the cooked  dal, and the boiled potato cubes along with water. Add salt and mix well.
  8. Add sufficient water to get the pouring consistency sambar.  Simmer for 3 -4 minutes. 
  9. Make a tempering with broken red chillies and curry leaves. Pour it on hot sambar. Mix well.
  10. Serve the sambar hot with uttapam, dosa, idli or hot rice.


  1. delicious and awesome sambar.

  2. Perfect and yummy sambar,love it

  3. Mouth watering recipe...looks so delicious yummy

  4. My all time fav and love to taste this with all recipe which u have mentioned :)))

  5. perfectly made..

  6. Flavourful sambar, my fav anytime.

  7. Perfect and tempting sambar!!! love the color dear..

  8. i m hungry looking at this...wish someone serves a dish like this to me first thing when i wake up tomorrow morning

  9. one of my favourite. :)
    Sambar is the very known food in india. Thanks for this share...

  10. Looks perfect and tasty.


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