Carrot Sambar - Veggie Idli Sambar

We all look for that one dish which is light, tempting and relishing all at the same time. What could be better than having something traditional and Indian, also something which can be had with various combinations? idli sambar is one of the best combinations and a light meal one can have. Sambar, a delicious flavoured dish which is rich in proteins, fibres, and is easily digestible. It is a staple food for many Indians. The way of preparing this dish is easy, which can be modified and can be made healthy as one would like. The combinations that one can have with this dish are many, but idli sambar never goes out of style, nor does the preparation of sambar. One can prepare idli sambar in their own way and add things according to the preferences and taste that one likes. One such way of preparing idli sambar is with carrots. The delicious taste and aroma that comes after adding vegetables which also increases the nutrition value of idli sambar, no one would be able to resist such delicious dish coming straight from your kitchen.

Carrot Sambar Info:

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

25 Mins

Total Time

35 Mins




Main course

Idli Sambar Ingredients (2 servings):

      • Tur dal – 1 cup
      • Tomato – 3
      • Onion – 2
      • Curry leaves – 4-5
      • Green chilli – 4-5
      • Carrot – 1 cup (cut into roundels)
      • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
      • Tamarind water – 1 cup
      • Oil – 2 tbsp
      • Sambar powder – 2 tsp
      • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
      • Salt – 1 tsp
      • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
      • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
      • Dhaniya powder – 1 tsp
      • Black mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp
      • Hing – 1/2 tsp
      • Coriander leaves – few leaves

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Soak tamarind in normal water for 15-20 minutes. Extract the juice and discard the
    pulp, we will need 1 cup of the extract.
  • Wash and cut the tomatoes and carrot as per your preference.
  • Wash and drain the water of tur dal. Cook dal, tomatoes and carrot by adding 2 cups
    of water in a pressure cooker and add 1 tsp of salt, ½ turmeric powder, and close the
    lid for 3 whistles. You can keep the carrot in a small vessel along with the dal.
    Alternatively, you can also cook carrots and tomatoes separately.
  • Make a tomato puree from the boiled tomatoes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add hing and black mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start
    spluttering add sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves, green chilli, and all
    the other spices. Add the tomato puree to this. Then add tamarind water. Let it boil
    on medium heat until the tamarind water reduces and the raw smell of tamarind
  • Mash the cooked dal well with a masher. Now, take a pan and add the mashed dal
    and 1 cup of hot water. Cook on medium flame until you get the preferred
    consistency of your sambar.
  • Serve you carrot sambar by garnishing it with coriander leaves.

Your Idli Sambar is all ready to be served hot with dosas or idlis!