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Udupi Style Sambhar

Learn how to make traditional Udupi Style Sambhar Recipe | Restaurant style Udupi Sambhar
5 from 9 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