Sweet Potato Sambar Tamil Nadu Style

4.34 from 3 votes

Traditional Tamil Nadu sambar is a tangy and spicy sauce usually had with plain rice and a vegetable accompaniment. Sambar is a ubiquitous dish found in Tamil households.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Served AsLunch
Servings 2


  • Tamarind The size of a lemon - soak in water for 30 mins
  • 1/2 cup Tuvar dal soak in water for 15 minutes and pressure cook till soft
  • 2 tablespoon Sambar powder
  • 1 Green chilies
  • 1 Sweet potato peeled and sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Hing
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Squeeze the juice out of the soaked tamarind and bring it to a boil in a deep vessel.
  • Add the sweet potato, green chilli, sambar powder and salt to the tamarind water and let it simmer on a medium flame for 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the sweet potato is cooked and the water has reduced to half the quantity, add the pressure cooked dal and mix well. Cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a small kadai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add hing and curry leaves. Add this tempering to the cooked sambar.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot rice.

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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 270 kcal | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 168 mg | Potassium: 399 mg | Fiber: 11 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 16072 IU | Vitamin C: 26 mg | Calcium: 69 mg | Iron: 2 mg

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