Sambar Sadam Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids
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Sambar Rice- A one pot meal made with rice, lentils, tamarind and vegetables. Nutritious lunch for kids.
Recipe type: Rice/Biryani
Cuisine: South Indian
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - ½ cup
  • Small onions- 10 (or) Big Onion - 1 medium sized
  • Tomato - 1 medium sized
  • Green chilli - 1
  • Vegetables* - 1 cup chopped
  • Sambar powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Tamarind - small lemon size
  • Hing - a generous pinch
  • Corainder leaves - a handful
  • Water - 4.5 cups
  • Salt - as required
To temper
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Urad dal - ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
* I used 1 carrot, 5 beans, handful of peas and 1 potato
  1. Slice onions, chop tomatoes finely. Wash and Chop all vegetables into bite size pieces. Slit green chillies. Roughly chop corainder leaves. Set aside.
  2. Soak Tamarind in 2 cups of warm water. Wash rice and toor dal together and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.
  1. Heat a pressure cooker with ghee & oil. Add mustard seeds. Let it crackle. Then add urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Saute them until golden brown. Then add curry leaves. Fry for a minute.
  2. Then add onions. Saute them nicely until golden brown. Once onions becomes transparent , add tomatoes. Fry tomatoes until the raw smell of tomatoes leaves and become mushy.
  3. Add chopped veggies, sambar powder and required salt. Give a quick stir. Now mash the tamarind well and discard the thick pulp.
  4. Transfer the tamarind water to the pressure cooker. Then add soaked rice & dal mix well. Add corainder leaves. Give a quick stir.
  5. Add remaining water (2.5 cups of water) and bring it to a boil. Then close the lid of pressure cooker and cook everything in a medium flame for three to four whistles. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and fluff the rice with a spoon slowly, top with ghee if required.
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Serving size: 3
Recipe by GKFoodDiary - Homemade Indian Baby Food Recipes at