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March 23, 2009

Tomato Brinjal Sambar Recipe-Side Dish For Idli Dosa

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Tomato brinjal sambar for idli

I learnt this sambar recipe from my sister’s MIL.When we visited her house,she made this sambar for idli.It tasted excellent.We loved it very much.The combination of brinjal/Kathirikai and tomato/Thakkali was awesome.Sendhil hates brinjal but still he never complains if I make this sambar for idli.Nowadays I prepare this sambar for idli, dosa regularly.It’s a very easy side dish recipe to make in busy mornings as it has no dal.Lets see how to prepare this simple and yummy tomato brinjal sambar for breakfast/dinner!

Tomato brinjal sambar recipe

Tomato brinjal sambar recipe Tomato brinjal sambar recipe - Side dish for idli,dosa
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

To pressure cook
  • Brinjal - 2 nos
  • Ripe tomato - 3 nos  
  • Red chilli - 4-5 nos ( add more for spicy sambar)
  • Salt & water - as needed
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Small onions or big onions - 15nos/1 no
  • Hing/Asafetida - A big pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Wash and chop the brinjals.Keep it immersed in water.Wash and chop the tomatoes,small onions and set aside.

  • In a pressure cooker,take the chopped brinjals,tomatoes and red chillies. Add the required salt and water.Cook in high flame for 3 whistles.Open the cooker when the after the steam is released. Mash it well using a ladle/whisk OR grind the mixture to a smooth paste.Set aside.

      • Heat oil in a kadai.Splutter mustard seeds,urad dal,chana dal,hing and curry leaves.Saute the onions till transparent.Then add the mashed brinjal,tomato paste along with some water.Mix well and check for salt and spice levels.Add more red chilli powder if u want spicy taste.
      • Allow the sambar to boil for sometime.It will thicken slightly.Lastly add the coriander leaves.Give a boil and switch off the flame.Serve hot with idli,dosa drizzled with a tsp of sesame oil/Gingely oil.Tastes yumm !

      NB:If you love brinjals,you can add equal quantity of brinjal and tomato.I added less brinjals and more tomatoes as per my family’s taste.


        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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