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March 23, 2009


I learnt this sambhar from my sister.When we visited her house , her MIL made this sambhar for idly.It tasted excellent.We liked it very much.I asked my sister for the recipe and i started preparing this sambar for dosa regularly.Very easy one:)
So here comes the Ingredients required:

To Pressure cook and grind:
  • Medium sized tomato – 5 nos(cube cut)
  • Medium sized brinjal – 3 nos(cube cut)
  • Red chilly – 5-7 nos(increase depending on ur taste)
To saute:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tsp
  • Big onion- 2 nos (Finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida / hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt  & water – as needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
To garnish:
  • Coriander leaves – a few
  • Pressure cook tomato , brinjal along with red chillies for 1-2 whistles and grind it to a smooth paste once it cools down by adding water.Keep aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and add mustard seeds.Let it pop,add the urad,channa dal and roast it till golden brown.
  • Now add the finely chopped onions and saute till they are transparent.
  • Then add few curry leaves and asafetida , a pinch.
  • Now add the ground tomato mixture and add the remaining hing and required salt and water.
  • Let it boil for 3-4 mins.Add water if the gravy is too thick.
  • Finally switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with idly / dosa by mixing sesame oil.

Tomato - Brinjal sambhar


I always add the number of brinjals less than tomatoes because my husband don’t like brinjal.The brinjal flavor will be less.If u love brinjal, u can add equal quantity.That too taste great!!


    Properties :
    Tomato is sour, relishing, an appetizer helps in digestion, and is a blood purifier. It has curative effects in low-appetite, stomach ache, controlling excessive fat, and blood impurities. It also cures piles, jaundice, weakness and fever. It prevents constipation. It is small, has lubricity and smoothness and its nature is hot. It develops blood and the humor of the bile in the body.
    It is normally used in approximately every part of India. It is used with fruits, in making soups and with vegetables.
    Sprinkling powdered dry ginger and mineral salt on the pieces of tomato and eating it, increases appetite and indisposition.
    After cutting a raw tomato into pieces and then roasting it in a coated vessel for some time. Sprinkling it with powdered black pepper and powdered mineral salt mined with"Eating Soda" in it, cures indigestion and abdominal pain.
    Roasting the pieces of raw tomato in a coated vessel, and then sprinkling yellow- orpiment powder on it and taking it (500 mg once in a day cures cough and fever)
    Mixing sugar and powdered cloves in tomato juice and drinking it cures "Avarice"
    Drinking either tomato juice or tomato soup mixed with sugar cures diseases relating to excessive bileous humor in the body.
    Mixing sugar (1/4th of the quantity of tomato juice) in tomato juice and again mixing it with powdered cardamom and powdered black pepper (both small quantities) cures the stomach disease and stops vomiting.
    Mixing the bark of Arjun tree (terminalia-alatagbra) and sugar in tomato juice and then having this semi-liquid combination cures heartaches and is very beneficial for heart patients.
    Drinking 50 grams juice of ripe tomato thrice daily, cures diseases related to blood impurities and bile within a few days and stops bleeding of the gum.
    Drinking juice of ripe tomato twice daily and using minimum salt in the diet cures many diseases related to impurities of blood like reddish spots on the skin, dryness of the skin, irritations, itches, and boils, on the skin and pimples.
    Drinking tomato juice daily in the morning and in the evening cures night blindness and improves the vision and power of the eyes.
    Having tomato juice or tomato soup daily clears out the dry stools accumulated in the intestines and cures chronic constipation.
    Despite of such great curative properties of the tomato, its usage is not favorable for people suffering from stones,swelling, rheumatism, acidity due to wind humor and bill humor. Woman having problem in their uterus too should avoid using tomato.
    Brinjal is sweet, sharp, hot, cures fever excessive humor of phlegm and flatulation. It is an appetizer, increases virility and is light.Brinjals of small size is very delicate and it cures excessive phlegm and bile in the body.
    Eating brinjals roasted on fire after putting some salt into it cures excessive phlegm and wind humor of the body.
    Soup made up of brinjal and tomato increases the appetite and helps in digestion.
    Eating soft brinjal after baking it on fire and with raw sugar on empty stomach in the morning, cures the enlarged spleen due to malaria.
    Taking soft and baked brinjal with honey in the evening leering sound sleep. Using it for some days cures insomnia.
    The use of brinjal destroys the stones in its initial stage.
    If brinjal is taken in its mashed form or as soup with asafoetida and garlic, it cures flatulation.
    Brinjal is not beneficial for person having excessive bile humor and one who has acidity problem. Pregnant woman should avoid its use.

I am happy in sending this entry to Sanghi’s FIL – TOMATO.



  1. I am a brinjal lover and Vj is same like sen..
    But sur eI am gonna try this:) sounds yummy!!

  2. Lovely sambar for idlis...lookz delicious!

  3. Hey this sounds interesting...I am going to try this tomorrow for idly..Will update you once tried...

  4. Nice new recipe! Never new tomato has so much too it! I liked the one which said cloves and sugar with tomatos cure avarice!!!

  5. YUM! Looks great, I love Brinjals! :)

  6. I am a huge tomato fan and this dish looks very good!

  7. I love sambar and idlies, just the thought makes me drool.

  8. Love idlies with sambar..The sambar looks so yummm..Slurp

  9. Yummy sambar....recipe sounds great...i love brinjals.

  10. lovely sambar. looks great... nice one chithra.

  11. Wow...wonderful recipe Chitra. I love the way you provide info about the ingredients used in a separate block. Cool...way to go girl :-)

  12. lovely recipe without dhal. unique but yummy.

  13. i especially love those sambars made for idlis and dosas..they are so much easier to make and so tasty too!! im surprised there is no dal though!

  14. This must have been so good with idli!

  15. Tomato brinjal samnbar, I love it with idlis and dosas, looks delicious :)

  16. Sambar idli perfect combination..looking yumm chitra..

  17. Thanku all dearies for ur wonderful comments:)

  18. Hey chittu, i tried this, it came out awesome...My hubby said super sambar, makes me to eat more and more...I have given the full credit to you...Tx dear for sharing a wonderful recipie...

    1. Thank u so much dear for ur feedback, u made my day :)

  19. Looks so good Chitra! Yummy!

  20. Wow.. delicious recipe! Nice entry!

  21. Liked the sambhar recipe. No tuvar dal and coconut. Would like to soak those mini idlis in a bowl of this sambhar. shall try it soon.

  22. Hi Chitra,

    first time here ..really nice blog

    -Meenal @ Meenal's kitchen

  23. Nice click...sambar looks yum

  24. Check my blog, i have something for u CHitra..


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