March 23, 2008

Onion and Potato Sambhar (ಆಲೂಗಡ್ಡೆ ಈರುಳ್ಳಿ ಹುಳಿ)

The combination of Onions especially 'Shallots' and Potato sambar is very tasty compare to any other vegetable sambar. Check out the recipe.


Toor dal - 3/4 cup
12 to 15 shallots (baby onions)
2 ripe juicy tomatoes
2 cubed potatoes
11/2 tbsp of Sambhar Powder
1 tsp of tamarind juice
1/4 tsp of grated jaggery
2 tsp of grated coconut

  • Pressure cook the toor dal until soft for 3 whitsles.
  • Cut and cook the vegetables (only tomatoes and potatoes, let the onion be whole) separately, don't pressure cook it, it will get mashed.
  • Grind grated coconut, sambhar powder, tamarind juice  (squash some tamarind paste in a water) and make fine paste.
  • Mix cooked toor dal, vegetables and the paste, add salt and boil for few minutes in simmer flame with stirring in between.
  • Serve hot with Idlis and rice.


  1. It was delicious but too little spicy. Next time I'll add more sambar powder :) Then I wasn't sure how much water should be added to the dal? So my dish was too thick, not like the one on the image.

  2. Honza's wife comment: I was satisfied with the density and spiciness - it was great for children. First, it was supposed to be a lunch but we had to postpone it for dinner, because Honza spent several hours buying indian spices :) Lenka