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Vendakkai Vengayam Sambar

By: Gayathri
Region: Indian
Dish:Vegetarian - Curries
Servings: 4
Time to Prepare: 45 Mins


1 cup toor dal

1 cup of freshly squeezed tamarind extract

1 cup small pearl onions peeled

10 to 12 Vendakkai (Okra), cut into 1 inch pieces

2 large tomatoes, quartered

1 tablespoon homemade sambar powder

Salt to taste

Ingredients for the Seasoning

1 teaspoon Sesame Oil (or Vegetable Oil)

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 or 3 dry red chillies

1/4 teaspoon of asafoetida powder

5-6 curry leaves

a small bunch of chopped coriander leaves


To begin making the Vendakkai Vengayam Sambar Recipe, first cook the toor dal along with 2 cups of water and keep aside. Click to see how to cook dal in a pressure cooker. Once the dal is cooked, whisk the dal well and keep it aside.

The next step is to cook the tangy sambar curry. Into the pressure cooker, add the tamarind water, a tablespoon of sambar powder, 10 to 12 pearl onions, the Vendakkai and tomatoes.

Finally add salt to taste. Close the pressure cooker, place the weight on and allow it to cook until you hear two whistles. After the two whistles allow the pressure to release naturally.

While the pressure is getting released we will prepare the seasoning for the sambar.

In a small pan; add a teaspoon of sesame oil and allow it to heat. Once the oil is heated up, add the mustard seeds, the dry red chilies and allow it to roast until lightly browned. Add the asafoetida powder, stir it in and turn off the heat.

Once the pressure is released completely, open the cooker. Add in the cooked lentils and stir well until it gets well combined into the tamarind vegetable curry. Next add in the prepared seasoning to the Vendakkai sambar and stir.

Turn the heat on to high and bring the sambar to a boil. Allow it to boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Finally, stir in the chopped coriander leaves and stir. Turn off the heat.

Serve the Vendakkai Vengayam Sambar along with Steamed Rice, topped with Ghee and Potato Roast


The Vendakkai Vengayam Sambar Recipe is a simple and quick method of making sambar that is packed with flavors from the okra (bhindi) and the most important ingredient, the homemade sambar powder. The Vendakkai (okra) when cooked along with the tamarind water and sambar powder, absorbs the spices so well, that it imparts a delicious taste to the sambar. Serve the Vendakkai Vengayam Sambar along with Steamed Rice, topped with Ghee and Potato Roast

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