Radish sambar (Indian style)

Found some radishes on the store and it’s like “hey long time no see”. So I grabbed them and decided to make couple of things with it. Of course one after the other.

First I thought of making a South Indian styled sambar. Then it’s been stocked up for some kuruma.

Then comes the salad or roasted veggies.

Let me jump into the recipe.


Red radish – 1 cup

Thuvar dal – 4 tablespoon

Tamarind water – 2 cups

Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon

Red chili powder- 1/2 tablespoon

Sambar powder- 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Salt – as needed

Asafetida powder -3/4 teaspoon

Rice flour- 1 tablespoon

Curry leaves – for garnishing

Coriander leaves – for garnishing

Oil – 3 teaspoons

Ghee-1 teaspoon

Mustard- 3/4 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 teaspoon


1. Pressure cook thuvar dal by adding a pinch of turmeric into a soft mashed way. Once it’s cooked take it off and keep it aside.

2. In a pan add oil and to it add the mustard, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. Then add in the red radish (washed) and sauté together.

3. Then add the tamarind water and turmeric, salt, asafetida,red chili powder, and sambar powder. Mix well and allow it to cook and boil for 10 mins.

4. Add in the thuvar dal and coriander leaves. Let it boil for 3 more mins. Add rice flour paste to the sambar as it will be watery. Drizzle a teaspoon of ghee and serve hot with rice.


If you feel adding raw radish to the sambar won’t give the vegetable a cooked result then microwave for 7 mins before adding it to the sambar.

You can also pressure cook sambar which will take less time. Just two whistles and sambar is ready.

Whichever method is easy give it a try.

You can also add onions and garlic if you wish.

Can also grind coconut like arachuvitta sambar.


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