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Microwave Sambar


Microwave Sambar

Microwave Sambar



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A quintessential south Indian recipe made at home in a microwave.


  • 1 cup arhar dal-picked and washed well

    2 tsp salt

    1 Tbsp sugar

    2-3 Tbsp sambar masala

     6-8 small whole onions-peeled

    2 tsp mustard seeds

    10-15 curry leaves

     2-3 whole red chillies

    1 Tbsp oil

    1 tsp tamarind pulp coriander for garnish


Soak the arhar ki dal in 2 cups of boiling water for 1/2 an hour.

Add salt and onions and cook covered at HI for 5 minutes.

Stir and cook again at 70% for 10 minutes. Mash the dal to a pulp or blend in a blender. Mix in the sugar and the sambhar masala.

In another dish, mix together the mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and the oil. Cook covered at HI for 3 minutes.

Add the dal mixture to this along with 2 cups of boiling water and cook covered at 70% stirring once.

Mix in the tamarind and cook covered at 30% for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with coriander leaves, accompanied with idlis or plain boiled rice.

Key Ingredients: pigeon pea, curry leaves, coriander leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind, salt, sugar, onion, red chilli, vegetable oil