Sambaar Saadam ~ Mixed Vegetable Lentil Rice

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I had plans to post another recipe today, but at the last moment, I changed my plans because I didn’t like the picture though the recipe was an amazing one. Not that my pictures are extra ordinary, but when I know somewhere, I can improve, I guess it is important to give myself a chance. πŸ™‚


After the Dum Choru, here is one rice that is so famous in our neighboring state, Tamil Nadu. I love some of their variations, like rasam saadam, kuska (thank you Jyothi for introducing this one, must try soon! πŸ™‚ ) and birinji, which are like one pot meals in itself. I love sambaar and one day, I had been dreaming about having sambaar saadam, which is basically rice mixed up with vegetables and lentils in a spicy sauce and immediately got myself searching for the recipe. I was disappointed that most of the recipes asked to use store bought sambaar powder, which would make the recipe a total no-brainer. Somehow, I like my sambaar all made from scratch, just like I mentioned in this post, and I wanted to do the same thing here as well. That is when I landed up on this recipe and totally fell for it. It is not the first recipe I am trying from Priya’s space, and this is truly another winner. The spices are roasted and ground and added to the cooked vegetables and masala, and believe me, it is an amazing meal! I served it up with some beans upperi and plain yogurt, with absolutely no non-veg side dish. Initially, though I did get a frown, I was so happy that the men and the kids just ended up licking their plates! πŸ™‚


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Posted previously on this day:


2013: Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani

2014: Kesar Badam Lassi

2015: Middle Eastern Yellow Rice



5 from 1 vote

Sambar Saadam ~ Mixed Vegetable Sambar Rice

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1/2 cup tur dal cooked and drained
  • 1 cup rice I used Palakkadan matta, cooked and drained
  • 2 small carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 raw banana chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 1 small pc tamarind soaked in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • For roasting and grinding:
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp chana dal
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated coconut
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • A fat pinch hing asafoetida
  • A sprig curry leaves
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 5 shallots sliced


  • Put the vegetables in some water and boil till almost cooked. Drain and set aside, alongside the rice and dal.
  • Roast the "for grinding and roasting" ingredients in the oil till a nice aroma comes.
  • Switch off, allow to cool and powder it. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add the shallots and saute with some salt till soft.
  • Add the tomato and cook till mashed.
  • Add the turmeric powder and cook for another minute.
  • Add the cooked vegetables and mix well.
  • Mash the tamarind into the water, discard the waste and pour the water into the mixture.
  • Cook for a couple of minutes. Add the ground powder and mix well.
  • Now add in the rice and dal and mix well. Adjust salt, add little water if the saadam looks too tight.
  • Cook on simmer for five minutes and switch off.
  • Heat oil in a tempering pan, add all the ingredients under tempering and saute till the shallots are browned. Add into the rice.
  • Mix well before serving and have warm with yogurt and a stir fry of your choice!

Join the Conversation

  1. Sambar sadam is making me now crave for bisibellebath! πŸ™ I totally agree, sambar powder made at home is far better than store bought. I got Sakthi samabar powder from home town and thought it will be good.. but it ain’t. so have not been making sambar off late… your Photographs are looking great ! πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Fami… πŸ™‚

  2. Delicious sambar sadam

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  3. this is one of my favourite too…In our hostel days we used eagerly wait for Monday Night dinner because every Monday Sambhar Sadam was must πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita… πŸ™‚

  4. Hot sambar sadam drizzled with ghee is just heavenly!!! Looks yum.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sona…

  5. Drooling sambar sadam. The cheats way to make this is leftover rice and sambar mixed and cooked on a simmer. I often end up with this if alone for lunch.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  6. There’s so much going in this dish, all for the right reasons. Indeed a complete wholesome delicious meal.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nava…

  7. 5 stars
    In love with these rice in addition to that presentation is excellent <3

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Monu…

  8. Tough now its dinner time ,I feel like making lunch again πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba… πŸ™‚

  9. My mouth waters as I scroll down the ingredients list. My MIL is an expert in Sambhar Sadham.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      That comment coming from u makes me really happy, Sowmya…

  10. Blending flavors… I guess this recipe is very similar to bisi bele bhath. Isn’t it??? Correct me if I am wrong

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The spices used in bisibelebath are slightly different and they are from two different states too… Like this one is Tamilian while bisi is from Karnataka… hope I sound correct… Thanks a lot…

  11. This looks really delicious and moreish!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  12. wow looks superb…

    and that shot is awesome…I am loving the board…did u paint it?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa… Yes, I painted a plywood black…

  13. Super yummy, I prepared mine slightly different from yours…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nora…

  14. Yumm YUmm.. Can have all of them.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sandhya…

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