Sambar Onion


About Sambar Onion

Sambar Onion or Shallot is a bulb-shaped onion with a copper, reddish, or gray skin. It’s a small, elongated onion with a milder flavor and a hint of garlic. It is high in antioxidants. It is high in fiber and flavonoids.

Nutritional fact of Sambar Onion

Calories: 40.

Water: 89%

Protein: 1.1 grams.

Carbs: 9.3 grams.

Sugar: 4.2 grams.

Fiber: 1.7 grams.

Fat: 0.1 grams.

Benefits of Sambar Onion

Packed with Nutrients. Onions are nutrient-dense, meaning they’re low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals.

May benefit heart health

Loaded with antioxidants

Contain cancer-fighting compounds

Help control blood sugar

May boost bone density

Have antibacterial properties

May boost digestive health

Easy to add to your diet

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For sambar powder:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp methi/fenugreek
  • ¼ cup coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 20 dried red chilli
  • Few curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp hing

For sambar:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 20 small onions
  • 3 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 chilli (slit)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 3/4th cup tamarind extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ cup toor dal (cooked)
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • 2 tbsp coriander chopped

For tempering:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp methi
  • Few curry leaves
  • Pinch hing
  • 2 dried red chilli


Sambar powder recipe:

  1. firstly, in a pan heat 1 tsp coconut oil and roast ¼ tsp methi.
  2. now keeping the flame on low add ¼ cup coriander seeds, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp urad dal and 1 tsp chana dal.
  3. roast until the spices turn golden brown.
  4. further, add 20 dried red chilli, few curry leaves and roast until the chillis turn crisp.
  5. cool the spices completely and transfer to the blender along with ¼ tsp hing.
  6. blend to a slightly coarse powder and sambar powder is ready.

Onion sambar preparation:

  1. firstly, heat 2 tbsp oil and saute 20 small onion, 3 clove garlic and 1 chilli for 2 minutes.
  2. add ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt. saute for a minute.
  3. further add 1 tomato and saute well.
  4. now add ¾ cup tamarind extract and 1 cup water.
  5. cover and boil for 10 minutes or until raw flavour are gone.
  6. add 1½ cup toor dal and mix well adjusting consistency as required.
  7. further get to a boil for 2 minutes.
  8. add 3 tsp prepared sambar powder and 1 tsp jaggery.
  9. mix well and boil for a minute.
  10. prepare the tempering by heating 2 tsp oil.
  11. splutter 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp methi, few curry leaves, pinch hing and 2 dried red chilli.
  12. pour the tempering over sambar.
  13. add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
  14. finally, enjoy onion sambar with hot steamed rice.


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