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moong dal tiffin sambar
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Tiffin sambar with moong dal recipe

Learn how to make moong dal tiffin sambar, perfect to go with tiffin items like idli, dosa, pongal, upma etc. Step by step pictures post.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4 people


  • cup Moong dal paasi paruppu
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 2 Brinjal small
  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot small -.
  • 1 tablespoon Tamarind extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • teaspoon Asafoetida
  • ¼ teaspoon Jaggery
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander leaves chopped
  • Curry leaves - few
  • ½ teaspoon Jaggery
  • Salt and water - as needed

Sambar powder: Roast in ½ teaspoon oil and powder coarsely

  • 1.5 tablespoon Chana dal
  • 1.5 teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • 4 Dry red chilli
  • ½ teaspoon Fenugreek seeds

To Temper

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • teaspoon Asafoetida


  • Pressure cook dal for 3 whistles,mash and keep aside.
  • Chop onion, vegetables, tomatoes, slit green chillies.
  • Heat kadai/pan with oil/ ghee and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table in order.
  • Add onion and fry till transparent.
  • After that, add the vegetables and tomato together and fry in medium flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add little salt while frying for easy cooking of the vegetables.
  • Then add required water and the tamarind and boil till the vegetables get cooked.
  • Add the curry leaves, 1 tablespoon coriander leaves, salt, asafoetida and jaggery.
  • Lastly add the sambar powder and bring to boil.
  • Add the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Adjust water as needed to get a sambar consistency.
  • Bring to boil and garnish with remaining coriander leaves.


  • The sambar is very mild, so perfect for kids,my son loves this!
  • Add tamarind less as mentioned, that’s the speciality of this sambar..