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Sambar Sadam Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids

Sambar Rice- A one pot meal made with rice, lentils, tamarind and vegetables. Nutritious lunch for kids.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Rice/Biryani
Cuisine: South Indian
Author: Kalyani


  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/2 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 - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

* I used 1 carrot, 5 beans, handful of peas and 1 potato



    • Slice onions, chop tomatoes finely. Wash and Chop all vegetables into bite size pieces. Slit green chillies. Roughly chop corainder leaves. Set aside.
    • Soak Tamarind in 2 cups of warm water. Wash rice and toor dal together and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Add chopped veggies, sambar powder and required salt. Give a quick stir. Now mash the tamarind well and discard the thick pulp.
    • Transfer the tamarind water to the pressure cooker. Then add soaked rice & dal mix well. Add corainder leaves. Give a quick stir.
    • 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.


    Serving: 3g