Moong Dal Sambar - Idli sambar recipes

Idli Sambar Recipes have taken the internet by storm due to their nutritional values. These South Indian recipes are particularly famous in Tamil Nadu, but people from all across the country have started appreciating its taste and flavours. Moong Dal Sambar is one of the idli sambar recipes that are the ideal accompaniment for dosa or idli. It is made with the perfect blend of moong dal and cooked vegetables to act as a side dish for almost every South Indian dish. Not only is it delicious, but your stomach will digest it easily because it's light in texture.

Moong Dal Sambar Info:

Prep Time

10 Mins

Cook Time

20 Mins

Total Time

30 Mins


South Indian


Side dish

Moong Dal Sambar Ingredients (2 servings):

For Sambar:
  • 1/3 cup Moong Dal
  • Small Tamarind
  • 1/2 Onion, small and chopped
  • 1/2 Carrot, chopped in small cubes
  • 1/2 Tomato, chopped
  • 5 Beans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sambar powder
  • 1/2 Brinjal, chopped in small cubes
  • 1/2 Potato, chopped in small cubes
  • 1 Green Chilli, slit
  • Coriander Leaves, for garnishing
  • Salt, as per taste
For Tempering:
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • Pinch Asafoetida or Hing
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • Curry Leaves

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Take a bowl of water and soak the small tamarind in it. Wait for the juice of the
    tamarind to get extracted. Keep this mixture aside.
  • Take a pressure cooker and cook the moong dal in it until it becomes soft. Mash the
    dal and transfer in a bowl. Keep the bowl aside.
  • Take all the chopped vegetables and clean them in water before use.
  • Take a teaspoon of oil and heat it in low flame in a pan. When the oil starts getting
    slightly hot, add the mustard seeds and wait for them to sputter.
  • Now add hing and curry leaves. Fry them together for approximately one minute.
  • After they are ready, add green chilli.
  • Now add the chopped onion in the pan and fry until it turns slightly brown for one
  • Add chopped tomatoes and saute for one minute more.
  • After this, add all the chopped vegetables at once and saute them for about 3
  • To cook the vegetables properly, add some water to it.
  • In medium flame, add some water and allow the vegetables to cook. Leave them for
    approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
  • When you think that the vegetables are nearly cooked, add the tamarind extract
    with some salt to taste and mix it well.
  • Let the tamarind extract boil for approximately 5 minutes or until the raw smell of
    tamarind goes off.
  • Add the required quantity of sambar powder by keeping the gas on medium flame.
    Let this new mixture cook for about 6 minutes.
  • Add the mashed moong dal to this mixture as soon as the raw smell from Sambar
    powder goes away. Stir it well.
  • Prepare a thin consistency of the Moong Dal Sambar by adding about 1/2 cup water.
  • Stir it well and wait for the mixture to boil.
  • Now add coriander leaves and turn off the flame.

Your delicious Moong Dal Idli Sambar Recipe is now ready to be served with Idli, Upma, or Pongal.