October 31, 2014

Nellikai Sambhar / Gooseberry Sambhar - Without Sambhar powder and Tamarind

Have you tried Sambhar without sambhar powder, Chilli powder and Tamarind ?


My today's recipe "Nellikai Sambhar" is prepared without sambhar powder and Tamarind juice. Just an addition of few green chillies and lemon juice enhances the taste of sambhar and gives a refreshing flavor. This can be served either with hot rice, Idly or Dosa. 

Ingredients :
  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 1 Tomato, Finely chopped
  • 5-6 Green chillies, sliced ( adjust according to taste bud )
  • 1 Small Lemon - squeeze out the juice and keep aside.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
  • 1 Cup Toor Dal 
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Jeera
  • A pinch of Hing powder
  • Few curry leaves
Method :

Wash and pressure cook dal by adding 2 cups of water for 5-6 whistles.

Remove and mash it. Keep aside.

Take a deep kadai or vessel and add sliced onions followed by tomato, gooseberry / nellikai, green chillies, 1 Tsp salt and Turmeric powder.

Add 1 - 1/2 Cups of water and cook it for 10 minutes or till the gooseberry gets cooked in a medium flame.

Now add the mashed dal and mix well.

Adjust salt and add water, if the sambhar is very thick.

Cook it for another 3-4 minutes and garnish with curry leaves.

 Heat oil in a small pan and add Jeera followed by hing.

Add it to the sambhar and switch off the flame.

Now add lemon juice and mix well.

Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve with hot rice.


  1. Mmm. ..A different kind of sambar ...to try..nice one

  2. Wow...absolutely lovely and extremely different! I have made an ulli sambar on my blog. Do check it out when u get a chance! Glad to be a follower :)


  3. Yummy....something different....have to try it☺

  4. Must be nice and tangy .. will try when I am in India as we don't get them here.