Main Course, One Pot Meals, Rice

Sambhar Saadam Recipe | சாம்பார் சாதம் செய்வது எப்படி | 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
, homemade 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. Soaked Toor dal is mostly used in place of any other dal here, although for rushed mornings, you can also use moong (split green dal) or masoor (split red lentil) with slightly varying results.  

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Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 15 –
20 mins | Serves : 2~3

Difficulty level : Easy

One Pot Meal with mixed veggies, lentils and rice



Toor Dal – 1/2 cup

Rice – 1 cup (use short grained

Sambhar Powder – 2 TBSP (I use my homemade version, but you could try with store bought too)

Salt – to taste

Mixed veggies chopped – 2 cups
(Carrots,French Beans,Turnips,Squash,Ash gourd etc)

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 TBSP

Onions – 1 (optional – I did not use)

Tomatoes – chopped – 1 large OR thick Tamarind paste – 1 TBSP (or light tamarind extract 1/4 cup)

Oil / Ghee – 2 tsp (skip ghee for vegan)

Tempering : Mustard Seeds, Curry
leaves, Roasted peanuts, broken red chillies (2)




  1. 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.
  2. Wash and drain rice. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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
  7. Serve hot with papad and curd.

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  1. Suma Gandlur

    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. Priya Suresh

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

  6. Foodiliciousnan

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

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

  8. Chef Mireille

    this looks so beautiful…wish I could take photos like you 🙁

  9. so picturous!!! am so drooling here… love the homey and very comforting sambar sadam!!
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  10. Laxmipriya

    beautiful clicks.. love its color.. gr8.. 🙂

  11. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

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

  12. yum yum…. this is so reminding me of my days in chennai… thanks for sharing 🙂

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

  14. looks delicious and lovely clicks..

  15. vaishali sabnani

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

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

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

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

  19. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Such a comforting dish! perfect one pot meal 🙂

  20. Nalini's Kitchen

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

  21. Gayathri Kumar

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

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

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

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

  25. 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 🙂

  26. Making this for dinner now 🙂

  27. cookwithrenu

    A delicious and lip smacking one pot meal this is. I like the addition of sambar masala in this, it would be so flavourful and yummy

  28. Its my favorite way to eat rice and dals, perfect in one bowl in cold wintery nights, looks so delicious.

  29. I am giggling to myself I have been feeding the girls sambar sadham n calling it bbb. They have not caught on I am definitely not educating them. Love it btw

  30. Mayuri Patel

    That's a delicious sounding and different way to make rice toor dal mixture. We generally use that for khichdi. Just one question, to truly make it a one pot meal can we stir fry the onion and tomato and then add the rice and toor along with the veggies and pressure cook?

    • Thanks Mayuri. yes u cd do that, the tomatoes will turn mushy but if thats ok, you can go ahead. do try and let me know how you liked it.

  31. mildly indian

    That staple sambhar sadam with drizzled ghee is an all time favorite. I love the fact that you have brought out the difference between the bbb and the smabar sadam as well.

  32. This is a quicker version than bisebelebath which need long hours. It is ideal for a lazy sunday.

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