easy simple sambar recipe without vegetables

Simple Sambar Recipe Without Vegetables - Recipe For Easy Sambar Without Veggies

Simple sambar recipe without any vegetables is easy, and makes a tasty sambar which can be enjoyed with rice, dosa or idli.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 226kcal
Author Recipe Garden


  • 2 cups Toor dal (yellow split pigeon peas)
  • 4 Water
  • salt as required
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind extract (or filtered tamarind paste of about half of a lemon dissolved in half cup of water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons coriander powder
  • asafoetida a pinch
  • 1/4 fenugreek powder teaspoon
  • 2 teaspoons sambar powder (optional)

For seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 5 dry red chilies
  • 1 string curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Oil  
  • 2 tablespoons shallots or pearl onions peeled and chopped finely (optional)


  • In a pressure cooker (without lid), heat the oil and add mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the sliced shallots or small onions (if using) and lightly fry until it starts to brown. Also add the dry red chilies and curry leaves and fry for few seconds.
  • Now add the dal and saute for few seconds.
  • Add the salt and spice powders and sambar powder (if using) and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the water and tamarind extract and mix everything well.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker with the safety valve inside. Always make sure you follow the directions in the manual of the pressure cooker.
  • Cook the contents in medium heat for about 10 minutes after the steam starts coming or until 3 whistles come.
  • Once this is done, switch off the stove and wait for the pressure cooker to cool down.
  • Once the pressure cooker is cool, you can open the cooker and see if the dal is cooked enough and soft and blended with the spices nicely.
  • You can check the salt at this point and add more if needed.
  • If you need more gravy for your sambar, you may add a little more of water and heat for another 2 minutes (without closing the cooker). Now the sambar without vegetables is ready to serve!


You can serve the simple and yummy sambar hot with rice, dosa or idli!
You can also just use sambar powder instead of spices, just follow the instructions as mentioned in the package for sambar powder if you are not using other spice powders since you will need to use it more in that case.
Adding shallots or pearl onions (or you can finely chop the regular onions and use) will add much flavor but this is not necessary. If you have onion powder, you may add it too which will increase the flavor (although its not the authentic way of doing), instead of using the onions, but you can add it while you add other spice powders.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 48.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 4.4mg