Potato, Onion Sambar (Udupi Style)

Udupi potato onion sambar is an authentic coconut sambar recipe from udupi with freshly prepared sambar masala. It is typically served for lunch and dinner.

Potato, Onion Sambar (Udupi Style)

Potato, Onion Sambar (Udupi Style)

Recipe by Ushakal GroupCourse: Veg SambarCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • For Masala Paste:

  • 2 tsp oil

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds / dhaniya seeds

  • ½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera

  • 1 tsp urad dal

  • ¼ tsp methi seeds

  • 4-5 kashmiri dried red chili

  • ½ cup coconut, fresh / desiccated / frozen

  • ¼ cup water, or as required

  • Other Ingredients:

  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed

  • 1 medium sized onion, petals

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup tamarind juice / extract

  • few curry leaves

  • 1 tsp jaggery / gud

  • ¼ tsp turmeric / haldi

  • salt to taste

  • 1 cup cooked toor dal

  • For Tempering:

  • 2 tsp oil

  • ¾ tsp mustard seeds / rai

  • ½ tsp urad dal

  • 2 dried red chilli

  • few curry leaves


  • Masala Paste Recipe:
  • Firstly, heat oil and roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, methi seeds and kashmiri dried red chili.
  • Furthermore, transfer to a blender and add half cup of coconut.
  • Also add water and blend to smooth paste.
  • Udupi Style Potato-Onion Sambar:
  • Firstly, in a large kadai add cubed potatoes, onion petals add water.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Furthermore, add tamarind juice, curry leaves, jaggery, turmeric and salt to taste.
  • Mix well and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Furthermore, add cooked dal add prepared masala paste. Mix well.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in small kadai and add mustard seeds, urad dal, dried red chilli and curry leaves.
  • Allow the tempering to splutter then pour over prepared sambar.
  • Finally, udupi sambar / potato onion sambar is ready to serve with plain rice, dosa or idli.


  • Firstly, cook the potatoes well before adding masala paste. After adding masala paste, potatoes will not cook further.
    Instead of freshly preparing masala, you can also blend sambar powder along with coconut to fasten the process.
    Additionally, vary the vegetables according to your choice.
    Finally, potato onion udupi sambar taste great when served hot.

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