August 9, 2011

Sambar Saadam

If you are looking for a healthy and easy lunchbox recipe, this is the one...I found this simple and easy recipe at Nags Edible Garden and bookmarked it to try on a lazy morning where I wake up late and have to pack lunch. In this recipe, rice is cooked along with dal, veggies and sambar powder in a pressure cooker. 


Rice (Sona masoori/Basmati/Ponni) - 1 cup
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - a small piece
Chopped vegetables - I took 5-6 green beans, 1 carrot, 1 potato and 1 tomato which was about 1.5 cups. You may add veggies of your choice.
Onion - 1 small, chopped ( you may use a few shallots instead)
Green chillies - 2, slit
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Sambar powder - 1 tbsp or more (adjust to suit your taste)
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp (no need to add if your sambar powder is spicy enough)
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp

For Seasoning
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a few


1. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup warm water for 10 mins. Extract the juice and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and splutter mustard seeds. Add onions, green chillies, hing, turmeric, chilly and sambar powders and combine well. 
3. Now add all the veggies and mix well. Add toor dal and rice and 1 cup tamarind juice. To cook 1 cup of rice, we need 2 cups of water. As  1 cup tamarind juice is added already, add just one more cup of water. I wanted rice to be a little overcooked and mushy like bisibele bath. So I added 1+1/4 cups of water. 
4. Add salt and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. The number of whistles may vary with the size of your cooker and the quantity you are cooking.
5. When the pressure gets released, open the lid and mix well. Sambar Saadam is now ready.

Also linking to Rice Recipes


  1. nice mixed rice with sambar....

  2. Love sambar rice any time. This is almost similar to Bisibelebath.
    THanks for stopping by my blog :-)

  3. An easy and yummy recipe :D I love to pack this for lunch always.. :)

  4. Yummy and delicious, great presentation.

  5. Never cooked this way.. But it tastes the best.. Nice presentation..

  6. Comfort food..flavorful and delicious..

  7. my all time favorite. love it with pappad.


  8. wow, so simple and delicious, a lovely dish..

  9. this is my quick-fix lunch or dinner on busy days :) Thanks for trying it!

  10. Sounds like an interesting one pot. Love the way you styled the rice on that plate-beautiful!

  11. Love quick fix dishes,this look awesome.

  12. Hi Ramya..First time on your blog...Rice looks so nice and yummy...Happy to join you dear ...Do visit me at

  13. Very cute presentation. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

  14. i packed ur sambar sadam for lunch was really tasty & easy too



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