Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar


  • Sambar onion – 15 to 20 Nos
  • Tomato – 1 No (medium size)
  • Green Chilli – 2
  • Thuvar dhal – 1 cup
  • Tamarind – small lemon size
  • Sambar Powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • For seasoning:
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Half teaspoon mustard
  • A pinch of asafotida powder
  • Few curry leaves
  • Fresh coriander leaves – few


  1. Wash thuvar dhal and add two cups of water along with a pinch of turmeric powder and pressure cook till soft.
  2. Soak tamarind in water and squeeze out the juice. It should be of 2 cups.
  3. Peel the onion and keep it whole. Cut tomato into medium size pieces Slit the green chillies lengthwise.
  4. In a kadai put the oil (preferably gingelly oil) and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add asafotida and whole onions, green chillies, curry leaves and fry till the onion looks glossy. Add tomatos pieces and fry for just one minute. Then add tamarind juice along with sambar powder, turmeric and salt. Cook on medium flame till it boils well. Then add the cooked dhal mashed. Stir and cook till all blends well and thick. Remove it and garnish wish fresh coriander leaves.


  1. I love your recipes. Am trying your sambar powder and onion sambar today. All those sambar pictures make my mouth water. They remind me of my pati’s cooking

  2. Thank you Usha. Your feedback encourage me to post most recipes.

  3. Mami…….super sambar…made it today…..thanks alot mami…..have a nice day

  4. Thank Prabha you for your feedback.

  5. hello aunty thanks for the recipe. it was nice and very useful for me. i am from chennai right now in germany doing my masters. its been 3 months and i have started to cook and i have very limited ingredients coz i am not able to buy many things here in germany. but still your sambhar was simple and effective and i relished my food. please post many simple to cook south Indian food recipes. thanks a lot again.

    • Hi Alvin,

      Thank you for your feed back. I am happy to note that my recipe is useful to you. You can prepare lot of dishes with minimum ingredients. I have already posted day-to-day simple recipes. I will continue to post more.

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