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Beetroot Sambar

The color and flavor of beets is unique and I love the ruby red color which it imparts to this dish. Beetroot sambar was very common in my grandmothers kitchen and we children used to go crazy with its color when we dip it with idlis.This is a quick and easy sambar and is literally a one pot cooking. It can be served as a side dish for idlis, dosa or rice.

Toor Dal/sambar parippu- 1/2 cup
Onion sliced-1 medium
Beet root- 1 large
Potato- 1 medium
Carrot- 1
Tomato- 1
Drum sticks- 3 or 4 pieces
(you can add any veggies of your choice)
Tamarind one lemon sized
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Asafoetida- 1/3 tsp
Mustard seeds
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Salt to taste

Wash Toor dal/sambar parippu and cook with enough water in pressure cooker. After 3-4 whistles remove the lid and mash the dal.
Add in the veggies and sliced onion and salt. Add one more cup of water if necessary and close the lid. Cook till the vegetables is done ( one more whistle in pressure cooker).
Dry roast the turmeric powder, coriander powder,  chilly powder and fenugreek powder in a very low flame and mix well with the cooked veggies and dal along with the tamarind pulp. Bring this to a boil and finally add coriander leaves and asafoetida.
In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add one tsp of chopped onion and saute. Fry red chilly and curry leaves and add this to the curry and mix well. Serve with idlis or rice.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy...


  1. Awesome color suja..Nice way to eat this gravy yaar..Soooo healthy...Good job

  2. That is such a lovely color,and I can bet on the excellent taste as well:)

    US Masala

  3. colorful and delightful sambar...lovley

  4. The beetroot imparts such a lovely color to the sambar. Luv it.


  5. Nice and delicious dish.. lovely color :)

  6. b eautiful colour and eye catching dish

  7. what a colour Suja. I made sambar today will try this next time.

  8. Wat a catchy and beautiful looking sambar, soooo tempting!

  9. colorful and flavorful smabhar...adipoli

  10. Flavourful and delicious beetroot sambar.

  11. what a lovely color dear adipoli nannayittundu

  12. enna color......kanditte kothiyavunnu

  13. wow! a colorful and yummy Sambhar

  14. wow what a colour, very tempting ..

  15. Adipoli..nice color..Happy Holidays..

  16. Thanks all for the sweet comments:)

  17. Super vibrant and yummy looking sambar.. its way healthy too :)

  18. Bright sambar..I am making idly next sunday Suja. Will make this sambar then.

  19. colorful and yummy sambar...loved it

  20. it is so new and looking great..

  21. colorful and flavorful sambar....
    Happy New Year!!

  22. Never tried sambhar with beetroot,waht a colour! Looks so vibrant!

  23. ithinu madhrppu kaanille suja....?

    have never tried sambar with beetroot

    color looks so tempting.....

  24. Thanks all for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
    Urmila madhrppu thonilla,oru nice flavor aanu,try this you will surely love this.


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