January 21, 2022

SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Tomato Sambar (Thakkali Sambar)

Share This :
, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Tomato sambar (Thakkali Sambar) is yet another delicious variation of the classic South Indian Sambar and is made with tomatoes, lentils, pearl onions, spices and herbs. This is a healthy vegan recipe. Serve tomato sambar with steamed rice, Idli, Dosa fo a hearty and comforting meal.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

There are many variations of sambar in the South Indian cuisine. Sometimes they are made with just one vegetable. As the name implies tomato sambar has tomatoes as the hero ingredient. In Tamil this sambar variant is called Thakkali Sambar as tomatoes are called thakkali.

I make both Onion Sambar and tomato sambar regularly. Both of these two sambar varieties come handy when you do want to make sambar and there are no mix veggies at home.

In this tomato sambar, I have used homemade Sambar Powder. You can use any good brand of sambar powder. I have made a puree of the tomatoes and added to the sambar. But you can also add chopped tomatoes. Onions can also be skipped in this sambar.

Obviously, since tomatoes are added, the sambar has the tang of the tomatoes in it. This tomato sambar pairs very well with idli and dosa. Though you can also serve it with steamed rice.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Tomato Sambar

Prep Work

1. First soak 1 teaspoon tamarind in 3 tablespoons hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

2. After 15 to 20 minutes squeeze the soaked tamarind pulp. Filter using a small strainer and keep aside.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

3. Meanwhile when the tamarind is soaking, take 1.5 cups roughly chopped tomatoes in a mixer or blender jar.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

4. Puree the chopped tomatoes to a smooth consistency. Keep aside.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Cook Lentils

5. In a bowl, rinse ⅓ cup tur dal (pigeon pea lentils) a couple of times and keep aside.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

6. Add the rinsed tur dal in a 2 to 3 litre stovetop pressure cooker together with the prepared tomato puree. Also, add ½ cup thickly sliced pearl onions or shallots or regular onions.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

7. Now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

8. Add 1.25 cups of water.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

9. Mix very well.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

10. Now pressure cook everything for 8 to 10 whistles or 12 to 15 minutes on medium to high heat. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, open the lid of the cooker. Mash the cooked lentils with a spoon.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Make Tomato Sambar

11. Keep the cooker with the cooked lentils, without its lid on a low to medium heat. Now add the prepared tamarind pulp to the lentils in the cooker.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

12. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of sambar powder or as required.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

13. Season with salt as per taste. Mix very well.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

14. Add 1.5 to 2 cups water to thin the consistency. You can add the amount of water as per your requirements.

If serving with idli, you can make a slightly thin tomato sambar. If serving with steamed rice, you can make a slightly thick tomato sambar.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

15. Mix very well.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

16. Bring the sambar to a simmer and then add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

17. Simmer the tomato sambar on a medium heat for a total of 10 to 12 minutes or till you get the desired consistency. Cover with lid and keep aside.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Tempering

18. Heat 1 to 1.5 tablespoon of sesame oil or any other oil in a small pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and crackle them. Keep the heat to a low while tempering.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

19. Then add 2 to 3 dry red chilies (broken and seeds removed), 1 sprig of curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). Fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

20. Pour the tempering in the tomato sambar inside the cooker. Cover with lid and keep aside for 5 minutes for the tempering flavors to infuse with the sambar.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

21. Serve tomato sambar hot with steamed rice or with idli or dosa. You can also garnish thakkali sambar with coriander leaves (cilantro) if you want.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

More Sambar Varieties To Try!

If you have made this recipe, please be sure to rate it in the recipe card below. Sign Up for my newsletter or you can follow me on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter for more vegetarian inspirations.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs

Tomato Sambar (Thakkali Sambar)

Tomato sambar or thakkali sambar is a delicious variation of South Indian sambar made with tomatoes and lentils. It can be served with South Indian snacks like idli, dosa, medu vada. Tomato sambar can also be served with rice.

5 from 8 votes

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 40 mins

For cooking lentils

For tamarind pulp

Other ingredients

For tempering

Preparation

  • First soak tamarind in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • After 15 to 20 minutes squeeze the soaked tamarind pulp. Filter using a small strainer and keep aside.

  • Meanwhile when the tamarind is soaking, take 1.5 cups roughly chopped tomatoes in a mixer or blender jar.

  • Puree the chopped tomatoes to a smooth and fine consistency. Keep aside.

Cooking lentils

  • In a bowl, rinse tur dal a couple of times.

  • Add the rinsed tur dal in a 2 to 3 litre pressure cooker together with the tomato puree and and thickly sliced pearl onions or regular onions.

  • Now add turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida.

  • Add 1.25 cups of water. Mix very well.

  • Pressure cook for 8 to 10 whistles or 12 to 15 minutes on a medium to high heat.

  • When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, open the lid of the cooker. Mash the cooked lentils with a spoon.

Making tomato sambar

  • Keep the cooker with the cooked lentils on a low to medium heat. Add the tamarind pulp to the lentils inside the cooker.

  • Add the sambar powder. Season with salt as per taste. Mix very well.

  • Add 1.5 to 2 cups water to thin the consistency. Stir well. You can add the amount of water as per your needs. 

  • For idli, you can make a slightly thin sambar and for rice, you can make a slightly thick tomato sambar.

  • Bring the sambar to a simmer and then add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.

  • Continue to simmer the sambar on a medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or till you get the desired consistency. Cover and keep aside.

Making tempering

  • Heat sesame oil or any other oil in a small pan.

  • Add mustard seeds and crackle them. Keep the heat to a low while tempering.

  • Then add the dry red chilies, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp. Do not burn the spices.

  • Pour the entire tempering mixture into the sambar inside the cooker. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes for the tempering flavors to infuse with the thakkali sambar.

  • Serve tomato sambar hot with steamed rice or with idli or dosa or medu vada.

  • ¼ to ½ tsp of red chilli powder can also be added together with the sambar powder.
  • You can also add few mix veggies to the sambar.
  • Ghee can be used for tempering instead of oil.
  • You can use yellow moong lentils or masoor dal (red/pink/orange lentils) instead of tur dal.
  • If you do not have sambar powder, then add 1 teaspoon coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon cumin powder, ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder and ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder.

Nutrition Facts

Tomato Sambar (Thakkali Sambar)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 125 Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Polyunsaturated Fat 2g

Monounsaturated Fat 2g

Sodium 353mg15%

Potassium 260mg7%

Carbohydrates 18g6%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 684IU14%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 29mg145%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin C 65mg79%

Vitamin E 1mg7%

Vitamin K 6µg6%

Calcium 49mg5%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 316µg79%

Iron 1mg6%

Magnesium 20mg5%

Phosphorus 42mg4%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Like what you see?

Stay up to date with new recipes and ideas.

This tomato sambar from the blog archives first published in May 2016 has been republished and updated on 10 January 2022.

Share This :