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Moringa Leaves Sambhar

Sambhar - A traditional preparation that South Indians crave for. Be it for rice at lunch or as a side for piping hot Idlis or crispy Dosa, Sambhar is a must.

Moringa is a superfood, rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Amino acids, and many other nutrients. It is believed to prevent many diseases such as anaemia and arthritis. Additionally, it provides multiple benefits for skin and hair. Including these leaves in your diet is of great benefit in all aspects.



  • 2 cups or 1 bunch Moringa Leaves

  • 1 and ½ cup Toor dal

  • 3 cups water and ½ tsp turmeric to cook dal

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • 1 tsp mustard

  • 2 dry red chilli

  • 1 tsp urad dal

  • ¼ tsp hing

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 1 medium sized onion

  • 1 medium sized tomato

  • ¾ cup water

  • 2 tbsp sambhar powder

  • 4 tbsp tamarind extract

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 7-8 Curry leaves

  • Handful coriander



  • Separate the Moringa leaves, taking out any big sprigs. Put the leaves in water for 15 minutes and then rinse really well.

  • Rinse toor dal well and add 3 cups of water and 1 tsp turmeric to it. Pressure cook it for 5 whistles. Mash the dal well.

  • Grate garlic. Finely chop onion and tomato.

Making Sambhar

  • Warm 3 tbsp oil on medium flame

  • Add mustard, hing, red chilli and urad dal.

  • When mustard splutters and dal turns light brown, add turmeric and curry leaves. Stir once.

  • Add in the grated garlic. And the onions. Sauté until onions are translucent.

  • Now, add tomatoes. Sauté until they are soft.

  • Add the Moringa leaves and ¼ cup water and mix well. Cover and cook the leaves for 10-15 minutes until the leaves are cooked.

  • Now add 2 tbsp Sambhar powder, tamarind extract and ¼ cup water.

  • Bring to a boil.

  • Add cooked and mashed toor dal and mix well

  • Add ¼ cup water.

  • Add salt and let it boil for 5-10 minutes.

  • Sambhar is ready.


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