Monday, January 22, 2007



Toor Dal/ Kandi Pappu - 1/2 cup (small toor dal) + 1/2 cup (large toor dal)
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Chillipowder - 1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Water - 2 and 1/2 cups

Cook these everything in pressure cooker until mushy.

Tamarind - 1 lemon size

Add enough water to the tamarind, microwave for 1 min , cool a bit and squeeze the juice.

Jaggery - small bit (around 1 tsp)

Onion - 1 no. (chopped in to chunks or u can use small onions, use as a whole)
Green chillies - 4 no. (slit Lengthwise)
Carrot - 1 no. (sliced in to half moon shape)
Potato - 1 n0. (skin removed, washed and cut in to small chunks)
Drumstick pieces - handful
Whole Tomato (from a tin) - 3 no + juice little bit (to give that nice red tint)

Sambhar Powder
(I use MTR brand) - 5 tsp


1) Heat a large deep skillet, add tamarind juice to it along with jaggery and cook for few mins until slightly thicken.

2) To that add now all the veges, 5 cups of water and salt to taste. Mix well cover and cook it on medium heat for 10 mins.

3) Add cooked toor dal, mix well uncover and cook for 10 mins.

4) Add squashed tomato and sambhar powder, mix well and cook further 10 mins.

5) Do seasoning: 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, curry leaves - 2 sprigs and little hing (asafoetida).

When seasoning is finished add it to above (point 4) and switch off.

Serve it with Rice, Aratikaya podi kura or Aloo Fry, Yoghurt and Poppadums on side.

© 2006 by Rajani Rayudu


swapna susarla said...

hi rajani

sambar is looking yummy with that fried papad..mmm....

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Swapna
Thank u andi. It's not deep fried papad, microwave chesanu bavundhi kadu.

Nandu said...

Hello Rajani
i have tried this recipe and like it very friends also like it very much..thanks for the amazing recipe.


Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Nanda,
So sweet of u by leaving a comment, much appreciated. Glad u liked the recipe and by others too. Do try out other recipes too and let me know.
Welcome to my blog!


Unknown said...

sambar keka amma!1st time try chesaaa, arupulu puttinchaaaa!

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Suni,
I am glad it came out well for you. First time try cheyatem sambhar adi koda hit avvatamu I am really happy for you. Thanks for your feedback. Do try other recipes too and leave me your feed back.


smitha said...

Hi Rajani,

In samabar did u use tomato paste tins and that too 3 of them,can u please explain. thanks in advance

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Smitha,

It's not tamato paste. You can find these in super markets whole tomatoes in a tin or chopped tomatoes.

But, buy only whole tomatoes tin. We use the 3 no. tomatoes from the tin and bit of liquid too from the same tin.


Unknown said...

Hi Rajani,

Instead of whole tamarind, can I use tamarind paste? And if yes, will the measurement remain at 1 tsp? Also, just wanted to thank you for your recipes. They are really good and work very well.


Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Preeti,

If you are using home-made tamarind paste then go for it, I wouldn't recommend store bought stuff as it got preservatives and stuff. You could add initially 1 tsp and see the taste when you have added tomatoes to it, if it needs add bit more and boil.

Thanks for your lovely comments. I am glad you are trying my recipes........


~aditi~ said...

Hi Mrs.Rayudu,

We love your recipes! Right from your Sambhar to your Chilly Chicken. Thank you so much!

We are looking to start a Rajani Rayudu Fan Club soon enough =D

- Perpetually hungry students of the University at Buffalo

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Aditi,

I am glad you guys like my blog. Thanks for your lovely comment felt happy!!


Unknown said...

Hi Rajani,i tried this recipe it got excellent

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Janu,

Thanks for your feed back. I am glad you liked it.


kiran said...

E blog tho nenu sagam cooking nerchukunna.

abbailu cook cheste antha ruchiga undadu antaaru. But e blog lo chusi cheste, "Mee aavida lucky" antunnaru andaru.

thanks andi rajini gaaaaru.

sasidher munipalli said...

Hi Rajani
Good Morning, hope you are having a good day

i am sasidher, born and broughtup in vijayawada working in hyderabad. Chinnapatinundi amma ki anni vantallao help chesthundevadini,ala maximum anni vantalu nerchukunna job chesthu hyd lo room lo untu friends ki ondi peduthunna, ithe e madya net surfing lo me site chusa sare sambar mila cheddam ani try chesa chala baga ochindi,summer lo pachallu padatharu kada inka mamidikay pachadi, omlet thoni morning evening mi peru cheppukuni kadupuninda thinnam.

pappu charu kuda pettandi please.

Cheers to you
sasidher munipalli

please send me your reply to my mail, ikkada chudatam malli kuduruthundo ledo ani.

All the very best, thank you so much.