Kalyana Sambar | Traditional wedding style sambar, the recipe i wanted to post for a long time. After attending a wedding and a family function in India last month, i wanted to make this post soon. The Sambar which they make in our style weddings are always awesome. They generally put lot of veggies in the sambar and the hot rice, smeared with ghee along with this yummy sambar, paired with urulai kizhangu curry and appalam..., wow nothing can beat the taste. Without boring you all much, let me go on to the recipe of Kalyana sambar.
Check out my Kalyana rasam   

Kalyana Sambar

  Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time :20 mins |   Serves : 5-6

     Mixed Veggies*   1 cup
     Sambar powder    1 and 1/2 tsp
     Tamarind      a small lemon size
     Salt          as needed
     Toor dal    1/4 cup
     Oil     2 tsp
     Mustard seeds     1/4 tsp
     Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
     Asafoetida      2 pinches 
    Curry leaves    few
    Jaggery      1/2 tsp
 To roast and grind: 
    Dhaniya     1 tblsp
   Channa dal |Kadala paruppu   1 tblsp
   Urad dal        1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds | vendayam   1 tsp
   Red chili      2
   Toor dal      1 tsp
   Black pepper   5
   Coconut(scrapped)   1 tblsp

*Generally pumpkin, drumstick, broad beans, turnip, brinjal, ladies finger are used.

  • Cut the veggies and soak the tamarind in water and take 2 cups of tamarind water.
  • Cook 1/4 cup of toor dal by adding enough water and little turmeric powder.
  • Roast the ingredients,except coconut, given under "to roast and grind" by adding little oil. Grind this along with coconut by adding little needed.
To roast Roast spices
  • In a pan add oil and temper with mustard seeds. Add in the vegetables. Saute for a few minutes and add in the tamarind water.
Sambar Mixed-veggie-sambar
  • Add in the sambar powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. Let it boil for sometime, till the veggies get cooked.
Sambar Tamarind-water
  • Add  in the cooked toor dal and mix well. Add in the ground paste.
Add-toordal Add-groundpaste
  • Add little jaggery . Mix well and let it boil for 2 minutes. Garnish with curry leaves. 


  1. The sambar will be thick after getting cooled, so add water after adding toor dal and ground paste.
  2. You can temper with 1 green chili to get the aroma of green chili in sambar.
  3. Generally on the day of wedding in the food, onions are not added.. But if you wish you can add small onions after adding mustard seeds.
  4. If you like , you can add 1 chopped tomato after adding onions.

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  1. Nice recipe jeyashri....i just luv d flavour of ths sambar...after cing d pic - kalyana sapadu sapadanum pola iruku!

  2. Feel like having with hot rice now :) Lovely pics

  3. Its in my to do list.U tempted me to try soon :)

  4. Oh pramadhama irukke!. Good one Jeyashri

  5. I can smell the flavor of this sambar from here, my fav..

  6. Very healthy and tasty looking sambar. Wonderfully prepared.

  7. def a flavorful sambar ti sis.. yummyyy

  8. Love the colour it has brought... beautiful click

  9. this is a gud one to do on any pandigai day we do it due to non addition of onion thk u for posting it :)

  10. Love the last pic. it is tempting me to try.

  11. I tried it today. Came out well. Thank u for sharing...

  12. Lovely recipe
    Thanks for sharing

  13. i tried 2 times u r kalyana rasam it was a big hit now i will try this also
    i forget to take snaps next time i will and send u also

  14. use of coconut not mentioned

  15. I tried this recipe, it was lip smacking. The best combo with rice. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.

  16. Hi Jeyashri,Thanks a lot we tried this recipe today it was mouth watery...the good thing which i liked about your recipes is correct measurements and never went wrong....it felt like we went to a wedding party...:-)

  17. Hi , Is it ok if dont add onions and tomato?

  18. Hi,.. I am going to offer prasadm to goddess today for navaratri- Its so well explained..

  19. Hai..at wat stage we should add coconut

    1. Add coconut while grinding the spices. I have mentioned it in the post

  20. Hi thanks for sharing mam, i tried it out today, superb taste, my hubby likes this very much, i am happy........

  21. HI jeyashri,
    i got both the cook books that u have been published. Eagerly waiting for the cook book of the normal recipes.