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Moong Dal Radish Sambar Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal
  • 1 Radish
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp Sambar Powder
  • Small lime sized ball of Tamarind
  • 1 – 2 tsp Jaggery, powdered
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Hing
  • 1 Dried Red Chilli
  • A pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze well to extract the juice and set aside.
  • Pressure cook the rinsed moong dal with water for 3 whistles. Mash the cooked dal and set aside.
  • Add the onion pieces, tomato pieces, chopped / cubed radish and water in a vessel. COver with a lid and cook till the radish pieces are soft.
  • Add the mashed dal, tamarind extract, salt, sambar powder, turmeric powder, jaggery and water (adjust to desired consistency) to the vegetables.
  • Allow the sambar to boil for 8 – 10 minutes.
  • If the sambar appears too thick, add little more water and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan for seasoning. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Then add the curry leaves, red chilli and hing and fry for a couple of seconds. Add this to the sambar and mix.
  • Serve hot with rice or idli / dosa.