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Sambar no onion no garlic recipe

4.50 from 8 votes
Total: 45 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

Sambar no onion no garlic recipe

Saturday means brunch time and what could be better than a South Indian breakfast – yum and delightful !! Today’s dish is Sambar – do I really have to say anything about this? It’s everyone’s favorite, easy to make and so comforting meal when paired up with instant rice idlis or dosa. Since it’s a Navratri week I prepared a no onion no garlic sambar recipe and believe me no one in my family ( huge onion lovers) could make out the difference – it was equally good and tasty.  


RECIPE DETAIL – Please do not get intimidated by the long ingredient list, most of it is just spices. Begin the recipe by boiling dal and pressure cook till its soft and tender. Second step involves cooking veggies and adding them to the cooked dal. I have prepared sambar with what all ingredients I had on hand but feel free to throw in your favorite veggies and make it more flavorful. Cook vegetables until they are soft and half cooked – do not overcook them otherwise they will become mushy and fall apart when being boiled with sambar, they should still have a bite to them.

Homemade sambar powder was added to the recipe but feel free to add any store bought sambar masala. If you do not have tamarind, add lemon juice instead. The rest of this recipe just involves simmering and preparing tadka. After tadka has been added to sambar make sure it simmers for a while – the overall combination will be super yummy and packed with flavor.

Enjoy it with steamed rice or instant rice idlis. To complement my meal tonight I have sama rice idlis along with coconut chutney.  I always prepare a big batch of sambar and look forward to eat the leftovers the very next day. It’s a total lifesaver and leftover sambar taste even more delicious and yum.

Try out our other dals – Dal Tadka, Dal Makhani, Chana dal with lauki . Also see other  No-onion-no-garlic recipes.

Sambar no onion no garlic recipe

Sambar no onion no garlic recipe

4.50 from 8 votes
Simple and easy vegetable sambar recipe - a famous South Inidan dish usually paired up with idli, dosa and vada.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE




  • 1/2 cup Lauki/bottle gourd, chopped
  • 2 small Small eggplant/baingan
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1 medium Chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1.5 tablespoon Gur or Jaggery
  • A small chunk of Tamarind or 1.5 tablespoon tamarind paste

SAMBAR POWDER - Roast all the ingredients together until you could smell the aroma. Grind it to its powdered form.




  • Assemble: ingredients to boil dal.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Clean and wash dal.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Transfer dal to a pressure cooker, add salt and turmeric powder.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.
  • Dal all done.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Using a whisk, mash the dal. Set it aside.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen


  • Assemble: veggies for dal.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Soak tamarind in warm water for 15-20 minutes.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Heat oil in a pan, add carrots and cook for 1 minute. Toss in baingan/small eggplant, tomato, lauki and red chili powder.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until veggies are soft and tender. Add sambar masala, jaggery and mix it well.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Veggies are all ready.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Add soaked tamarind water to the boiled and mashed dal.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Return dal to a low flame and add cooked veggies to it.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Mix and bring it to a boil.
  • Cover and allow it to simmer for a while.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen


  • Assemble: ingredients for tadka.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add all the ingredients one by one.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • As they star to sputter, add curry leaves..
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • And pour this tadka to the boiling dal.
    Sambar recipe- Ruchiskitchen
  • Mix and allow it to simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
    Sambar Recipe - Ruchiskitchen
  • Adjust seasonings.
    Sambar Recipe - Ruchiskitchen
  • Serve hot with warm white rice or idlis.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. sheshagiri rao says:

    super we r hoping some more recipes from u, especially for brahmin people who don’t eat onion and garlic

  2. shweta says:

    Thanks for this sambhar recipe without using onion & garlic.

  3. Colin says:

    Ruchi i have been long looking for your sambhar video, but no more able to find it? Can you please repost or send link.

    • Ruchi says:

      Colin, I think you are confusing me with someone else. I don’t have any recipe videos. All my recipes are here on the blog in a step by step pictorial format.

  4. roopa says:

    thankyou good recepie

  5. Ankita joshi says:

    Helloo ruchi..can u please share paneer kolhapuri recipie without onion and garlic.if you do so i will be very thankful to you …..

  6. Aru says:

    How to make sambhar without turmeric,onion and garlic

  7. Padma says:

    It doesn’t say how much water to add to the pressure cooker. Help! I’m in the middle of cooking it.. first time making sambar

    • Ruchi says:

      Padma, separate the excess water from the dal by carefully straining it through the sieve. Return any dal or veggies left in the sieve to your dal and give it a good boil. Adjust the consistency to your liking. I hope this helps!