January 12, 2015

Vengaya Sambar (Small Onion Sambar)

In Tamil brahmin families Onions are not used in everyday cooking. They find place in the cooking on special days only. The Baby onion / Shallots Sambhar is a special recipe made in our houses when we have important guests. It is the mandatory recipe in the cuisine when we arrange feast for newly married couples. Among all the Sambars, the Onion Sambar ranks first always in taste and aroma. It goes very well with, rice, idli and dosa. Rice with onion sambar, lemon rasam, Potato fry and Pappad is the traditional combo made during week ends or feasts...   

See other types of Sambar Recipes: Nellai Sambar, Kathamba Sambar, Araichu vitta sambar, Kalyana Sambar, Palak Sambar

Ingredients for making Vengaya Sambar:

Shallots (Baby onions) 15 to 20

Sambar powder 4 tea spoons

Boiled (Pressure cooked) thur dal from 3 tb spoons of Thur dal

Tamarind juice extracted from a medium lemon size tamarind 4 cups

For Seasoning:

Mustard seeds 1/2 tea spoon

Fenugreek 1/2 tea spoon

Turmeric powder 1/2 tea spoon

Green chilli and Red chilli 2 each

Curry leaves


How to make Onion Sambar?

Heat a kadai or wok with 3 teaspoons of oil. Saute it with items given under the heading seasoning.










After the mustard seeds splutter and fenugreek becomes brown add the rest seasoning items.

Now add the shallots and stir for a minute.

Add the tamarind juice extract with required salt. 









Let it to boil till the shallots are cooked. Now add the Sambahar powder. 

After it boils well for 3 minutes,

add the boiled thur dal.











When everything mixes well and boils add the coriander leaves and the sambhar is ready now. 



  1. If you add shallots to the gravy the flavour is unbeatable.. So yummy and flavourful sambar