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Udupi Style Sambhar

Learn how to make traditional Udupi Style Sambhar Recipe | Restaurant style Udupi Sambhar
4.6 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Making Fresh Sambhar Masala 10 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian, South Indian, Udupi Cuisine
Servings 4 portions


To make Sambhar

  • 1 Cup Arhar/Toor Dal(Split Pigeon Pea Lentil)
  • 1 Diced Carrot
  • ¾ Cup Diced Bottle Gourd
  • 4-5 Drumsticks pieces (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt as per taste

Tempering for Sambhar

  • 3-4 tbsp Freshly ground Sambhar Masala Check ingredients below
  • ½ Cup Thinly Sliced Onions
  • 1 Finely Chopped Tomato(Medium)
  • 1 tsp Rai/Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Methi Dana/Fenugreek Seeds
  • ½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
  • 1-2 Dry Whole Red Chilies
  • ¼ Cup Tamarind Water
  • 2 tsp Jaggery Powder or as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Oil

Fresh Sambhar Masala

  • 4-5 Whole Red Bayadagi Chillies
  • 2 tbsp Chana Dal/Split Chickpea Lentils
  • 2 tbsp Urad Dal/Split Black Gram Lentils
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Grated Coconut i used frozen
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 tsp Oil

For Tamarind Water

  • 1-2 tsp Tamarind Paste or Lemon Sized Tamarind Ball
  • ¼ Cup Warm Water


  • Wash arhar/toor dal 2-3 times in tap water.
  • Soak for about 15 mins.

Prepare Sambhar Masala

  • In a pan, heat a tsp of oil, add chana dal, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and whole red chilies.
  • Roast for few seconds.
  • Add grated fresh coconut. Roast for another few seconds, til it gives aroma of roasted coconut and lentils. Take off from the flame.
  • Cool the mix.
  • Grind to a fine smooth paste.

Cook dal

  • Drain water from soaked dal.
  • Take a pressure cooker, in it add soaked dal.
  • Add about 2 Cups water. Once the water starts to boil, add turmeric powder, salt.
  • Pressure cook dal for about 2-3 Whistles. Then let the pressure go off naturally.
  • Prepare vegetables. Wash peel and cube bottle gourd, carrots and cut drumstick in small pieces if using one whole drumstick.
  • You can cook vegetables separately or with dal in same pressure cooker with Pot in Pot Method.

Make Sambhar

  • In a kadhai/pan, heat oil.
  • Add hing/asafeotida(optional), mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds(optional)
  • Once seeds crackle add thinly sliced onions, curry leaves and whole red chilies.
  • Saute onions for a few minutes.
  • Add finely chopped tomato. Cook till it is soft.
  • Add sambhar masala, mix well. Add about ½ Cup water, then add cooked vegetables, boiled dal.
  • Add tamarind water, jaggery.
  • Mix well and add water to adjust the consistency. Do not make it too runny or too thick.
  • Boil it for few minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice or Idlis or the way you like.
  • Make Tamarind Water
  • Soak tamarind for about 10-15 mins in warm water.
  • After 10-15 mins. rub tamarind to get the pulp.

To make Tamarind Paste

  • If using tamarind with seeds discard seeds, the filter the pulp.
  • If making using tamarind paste, dilute 1-2 tsp of paste in warm water.
  • Wash tamarind block before soaking water, if using dried tamarind.

How to Cook Sambhar in Instant Pot

  • Add soaked dal with 1½-2 cups water in inner pot.
  • Switch on the SAUTE MODE, set timer to 10 mins.
  • Once the water starts to boil, add turmeric powder, salt and mix.
  • Place stand for the vegetable container, place container on stand, add about ¼ cup water to vegetables.
  • Cancel the SAUTE MODE.
  • Place and Seal the lid.
  • Set the PRESSURE COOK MODE on for about 15 mins.
  • Once the cooking time is over, wait for 5 mins, do Quick Pressure Release and open the lid.
  • Mix veggies with dal, adjust the consistency of dal if required.
  • Make Sambhar Masala as given in above instructions, then add it in cooked dal add vegetable.
  • Set SAUTE MODE for another 5 mins and cook till it comes to a boil.
  • Cancel SAUTE MODE and serve hot.



Substitute Bottle Gourd/Lauki with zucchini/pumpkin/butternut squash.
Keyword Resturant Style Udupi Sambhar
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