Moong Dal Sambar (Payatham Paruppu / Pasi Paruppu)

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Moong Dal (Payatham Paruppu) Sambar (a.k.a Idli Dosa Sambar) is easy, tasty and simple recipe that will let you lose count of the # of Idli/dosa’s you ate. This recipe is a perfect combination for any South Indian tiffin items.

Moong Dal Sambar


  • Moong Dal – ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Small Onion – 10 nos
  • Carrot – 3 nos
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Green chilies – 4 numbers
  • Tamarind Juice – 4 – 5 tbsp
  • Hing – 2 pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustered Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Coriander leaves -few


  • Peel the onion skin and cut into half.
  • Chop the tomato and carrot. Slit the green chilies.
  • Take a pressure cooker, heat the oil and add the onions sauté until the raw smell is gone.
  • Add the green chilies, tomato, carrot, turmeric powder, moong dal, salt and water. Cook for 3 whistles.
  • Take a kadai heat the oil. Then, add mustered seeds. When it splutters add urad dal, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and hing. When the dal gets golden color, pour the tamarind juice and cook until the raw smell is gone. Add 1 cup of water, then add the cooked items and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • The consistency should be little watery than the normal sambar.

Idli Sambar

  • Serve it hot with idli / dosa / upma.


  • If it is too watery add 1 tbsp of besan flour and mix it with little water and pour it in the sambar.Let cook for 2 minutes.

There are 4 Comments

  1. Posted by Raji Reply

    Hi Madhu.. I tried your Moong dal sambar recipe today without adding carrot. It came out very well.
    We had this sambar with idli. All of us liked the combination. Thanks for the wonderful recipe 🙂

    • Posted by Suvayo Suvai Reply

      Thanks, Good to know it came out well.

  2. Posted by Divya sivakumar,shanghai Reply

    This is the easy and tasty, did it many times but each time ended up spicy. i will tke this measures to do this sambar.thanks

  3. Posted by Ponnarasi Reply

    Awesome recipe..I have seen my mom doing this sambar but didnt know how to do it! 🙂 I love it! Thansk for posting this

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