March 17, 2013

Sambhar Saadam| Simple and Quick One Pot Meal

At the outset, Sambhar Saadam (Saadam - Tamil for Rice) and Bisi Bele Bhath (BBB) are different although they look similar. The former has its roots in Tamilnadu while BBB is the heartland of Karnataka cuisine. Sambhar rice is quicker to make, requires less preps and presents itself as a yummy One Pot Meal when you are pressed for time. With Toor Dal, Sambhar Powder, Rice and a few veggies you are all set to cook and devour a meal in less than 30 mins. Team it with some papad and some curd and you are ready to go. Toor Dal is the main ingredient I picked for this week's theme of Blogging Marathon. It would be used in three different ways, today's version being in the rice format. Let's hop over for the recipe. Check out my fellow marathoners hereLinking this to Blogging Marathon and also to PJ who is hosting Susan's MLLA # 57

Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 15 - 20 mins | Serves : 4
Difficulty level : Easy

One Pot Meal with mixed veggies, lentils and rice

Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Rice - 1 cup (use short grained variety)
Sambhar Powder - 2 TBSP (I use homemade version, but you could try with store bought too)
Salt - to taste
Mixed veggies chopped - 2 cups (Carrots,French Beans,Turnips,Summer Squash,Ash gourd)
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 TBSP
Onions - 1 (optional - I did not use)
Tomatoes - chopped - 1 large
Oil / Ghee - 2 tsp
Tempering : Mustard Seeds, Curry leaves, Roasted peanuts, broken red chillies (2)

Soak the Toor Dal in warm water while you chop the veggies. The mixed veggies indicated are my choice, you can substitute with whatever else you like.
Wash and drain rice. 
In a small pressure pan, add the Soaked Dal, washed rice and veggies. Add the turmeric and half the salt, enough water and pressure cook for 3 - 4 whistles.
Meanwhile saute the tomatoes with half the oil along with salt & sambhar powder till the tomatoes turn mushy. If using onions, saute them along with the tomatoes.
Once the rice- dal mixture is cooked and pressure releases, add enough hot water (about 1 - 1.5 cups) to get a semi solid consistency. On a low simmer, tip in the sauteed tomatoes too. Let it simmer for a while, approx 5 - 6 mins till the raw smell disappears. Check for salt and spices. 
Switch off the stove. Prepare the tempering with the remaining oil. Once the mustard splutters and the chillies and peanuts are slightly roasted, pour the tempering over the sambhar rice. 
Serve hot with papad and curd.


  1. Yummy one pot meal. My SIL prepares this with masoor dal and calls it khichadi. :)

  2. This is one of my fav one pot meal.But sadly its a long time since I made this. Clicks are so tasty :)

  3. Enakku venum, both sambhar saadam and bisi bele bhath:-)..looks very inviting Kalyani..

  4. Its like having sambhar and rice :) What a great comfort food. Love it

  5. One of my comforting food, feel like finishing that whole bowl..Drooling here.

  6. Delicious and pretein pack Saadam.

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  7. This is always a got at.home. But i normally add Tamarind to. Love the clicks, ESP the second one

  8. Love it! It is a life saver for me !

  9. this looks so beautiful...wish I could take photos like you :(

  10. so picturous!!! am so drooling here... love the homey and very comforting sambar sadam!!
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  11. beautiful clicks.. love its color.. gr8.. :)

  12. all- time favorite!!! Delicious n healthy one-pot meal with all the goodness of dal and fresh veggies!!!

  13. yum yum.... this is so reminding me of my days in chennai... thanks for sharing :)

  14. Loved the color.. a delectable one pot meal I must say..

  15. looks delicious and lovely clicks..

  16. This is so cool..amazing click Kalyani, I just a spoon to dig in!

  17. Yummy sambar rice. One pot meals are soo simple to make.

  18. Tempting one pot meal and my all time fav too.

  19. Simple and quick one pot meal for busy days.

  20. Such a comforting dish! perfect one pot meal :)

  21. Wow!!sambhar sadam makes me drool,looks so tempting and the consistency is so to hav it with pappad and potato chips...

  22. Delicious and quick rice. While comparing with BBB, this is very easy to make...

  23. Sambar saadham looks amazing.. so healthy and nutritious one pot meal.. Perfect on a busy weeknight.

  24. So the tanginess is from the tomatoes and not tamarind, right? Nice recipe, will definitely give this a try sometime!

  25. Comforting one pot meal. Spicy roasted potato and this rice would taste heaven.

  26. I make bisi bela bath and havent tried sambar rice yet. The sourness is from the tomatoes as against the tamarind that we use for sambar, right?

    I will try this recipe soon and let you know :)

  27. Making this for dinner now :)


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