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Carrot Beans Sambar ~ Lunch Box Recipes #7

Carrot Beans Sambar is one of the sambar varieties that's popular in Tamil Nadu. The sweetness of carrot lends a unique taste to this sambar.
Course Lunch Box, Main Dish - Gravies
Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Keyword Carrot Beans Tamil Dish, Lunch Box Recipes
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Occasion Everyday Meal
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Sambar Varieties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Srivalli


For the Boil

  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 50 gms Carrot
  • 50 gms Beans
  • A Pinch Turmeric powder

Making the Sambar

  • 1 tsp Whole Spice Blend for Sambar
  • Handful Curry Leaves
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 100 gms Shallots / Sambar Onions
  • 2 tsp Sambar powder
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Tamarind Extract about a small lemon size
  • Handful Coriander Leaves
  • 2 tsp Cooking Oil
  • Salt to taste


Prep Work

  • Soak tamarind and extract pulp.
  • Chop the vegetables into 1 inch pieces.
  • Soak the shallots and garlic in water for the skin to peel away quickly.

Making the Sambar

  • In a pressure cooker, take the dal, turmeric powder, and twice the water.
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once the pressure falls down, add chopped carrot and Beans.
  • Add water as required and pressure cook for another whistle.
  • In a nonstick pan, heat oil, add the whole spice blend for Sambar. Saute well.
  • Next add the hing, and shallots, curry leaves and saute well.
  • Then add the chopped tomatoes, sambar powder, salt. Simmer till the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Add tamarind extract and continue cooking.
  • Once the oil comes out on the sides, add the cooked dal along with vegetables.
  • Bring to a boil, add water as required.
  • Add coriander leaves and simmer for 5 to 7 mins.
  • Serve with Rice and Arbi Roast.
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