Sambar - Spicy Indian Curry


Indian curry recipe with loads of vegetables and great taste. Goes great with just plain rice or any Indian bread!!!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • ½ cup sliced cabbage

  • ½ cup sliced carrot

  • ½ cup fresh green beans, trimmed

  • ½ cup sliced green bell pepper

  • ½ cup yellow split peas (tuvar dal)

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander (Optional)

  • 2 teaspoons sambar powder

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon water

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ½ teaspoon mustard seed (Optional)

  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated coconut

  • 2 teaspoons tamarind pulp

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • salt to taste


  1. Place 2 cups water, cabbage, carrot, green beans, bell pepper, and yellow split peas in a pressure cooker; lock lid. Bring cooker up to pressure and cook until peas are tender, 6 to 8 minutes. If your pressure cooker does not have a quick-release function, reduce cooking times slightly as food will continue to cook while pressure releases slowly. Drain and reserve excess liquid; set vegetables aside.

  2. Mix ground coriander, sambar powder, chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon water in a bowl to create a paste.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir cumin seeds and mustard seeds until seeds sputter, about 1 minute; add asafoetida powder. Stir in the sambar paste; cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Season with turmeric, and stir in vegetables. If vegetable mixture is too thick, stir in reserved cooking liquid.

  4. Mix cilantro, coconut, tamarind pulp, brown sugar, and salt into vegetable mixture. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
5g Fat
26g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 171mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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