Watch: How To Prepare Traditional Sambar Annam At Home!

Comforting, easy to make, Sambar rice is one of our favourite foods.
Sambar rice, is simply nothing but rice cooked with dal and vegetables of your choice. It is an ideal recipe when you are feeling lazy. Also, it is a lot similar to Karnataka’s iconic Bisi Belle Bath. The difference between the two recipes is the way you make the masala powder. In traditional Sambar Annam, you grind the masala powders on spot or simple sambar powder and add it to the dish whereas, in Bisi Belle Bath, you add special Bisi Belle bath masala powder.

So, if you are feeling lazy and want to try something which is super simple and made with minimal ingredients, go ahead, read and find out how to make yourselves a scrumptious bowl of Traditional Samabar Annam!


  • Onions
  • Brinjals
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Green Chillies
  • Rice
  • 1 cup soaked Red Gram
  • Oil
  • ¼ cup Mustard Seeds
  • Curry Leaves
  • Dried Red Chillies
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt (As per taste)
  • ¼ cup Tamarind Juice
  • Water
  • Turmeric Powder

For Masala Powder:

  • 1 cup Red Gram
  • 1 cup Bengal Gram
  • 1 cup Urad Dal
  • 1 cup Coriander Seeds
  • 1 cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup Coconut Powder
  • Dry Red Chillies


1.Take a cooker and add soaked red gram, water, a pinch of turmeric powder and cook it covered for 3 whistles.

2.Meanwhile, you need to grind masala. For this step, dry roast red gram, Bengal gram, urad dal, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, coconut powder and dry red chillies. Grind them to a fine powder and keep them aside.

3.Now, take a vessel and add some oil. Then, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dried red chillies and onions. Stir fry them.

4.Once they are fried, add brinjals, carrots and tomatoes. Mix them well. Then add turmeric powder, salt and give the vegetables a nice mix. Add sliced green chillies and tamarind juice and cook it for some time.

5.To this mixture, add boiled red gram mixture, water, the ground masala mixture and mix it well. Once the water comes to a boiling point, add boiled rice.

6.Your delicious Sambar Annam is now ready to be served.

7.Garnish it with ghee and coriander leaves.

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