February 3, 2009

Channa Sambar


We were returning  from  Chicago  to Maryland. The flight was delayed for more than 2 hours.We never expected this delay. It was November night.The cold weather and the tiresome journey  frustrated us.

When we reached home ,we were very hungry .there was nothing left in the fridge except some cooked black channa.

Immediately I cooked some rice and made this channa sambar.

With in 10minutes we were able to fill our hungry stomach with this delicious recipe and we all got rejuvenated.

Channa Sambar


Black channa cooked---1cup

Tamarind paste----1tb.sp

Salt-----As per taste

Sambar powder----2tb.sp

Turmeric powder---1/4tea.sp


For seasoning:

Urad dhal--1tea.sp

Mustard seed--1/2tea.sp

Fenugreek---a pinch

Cilantro--2to3 twigs


Put all the ingredients  in a deep pan with 2cups of water.

Cook it for 10 minutes.

Fry mustard ,urad dhal and fenugreek with little oil spray.

When mustard splutters add it to the sambar.

Cut one or two twigs of cilantro and add to it.

Channa sambar is ready.

Easy to make and very tasty to eat with rice, dosa and chappathy.

No oil, and channa adds to our protein.


Substituting white chana or kidney beans for black channa,we can do the same recipe.


Soak the black channa or white channa or kidney beans for 10 to 12 hours in water.

Wash well and cook it in the cooker.

Again wash and drain.

Store in small sandwich bags and  keep it in the freezer.

Whenever you want you can use it.



  1. Hi Aunty,
    This kuzhambu looks mouthwatering! I am looking forward for more recipes here:)
    Your pictures are very nice and neat presentation!

  2. Hi Amma,

    Welcome to the Blogging community !
    Kuzhambu looks wonderful.

  3. hi aunty,
    awesome kuzhambu... I too make this the same way except that I grind some coconut and add to it.. the picture is very nice :)

  4. hello aunty,

    welcome to the blogosphere. I look forward to lovely authentic recipes on your blog :)

  5. Hi Aunty,

    Welcome to blogging world..This kuzhambu looks fantabulous..Keep posting more traditional ones aunty..

  6. Hello aunty,
    Welcome to the blogosphere :-) Congratulations. That is sweet saas-bahu jodi. Missing my m-i-l now. Channa sambar looks delicious. I make it the same way too. I'll be a regular now to your blog.

  7. ths looks interestin,.will give this a try,..:-)

  8. hi aunty,
    The sambar looks very tasty and healthy.Pics look awesome :)
    Welcome aboard!!

  9. Hi Amma ..
    Welcome to the blogging community ..Really happy to see u here ..So we can always ask suggestions and get traditional recipes from u ..Thanks a lot ..i am adding u to my buddy list ..will be a regular visitor from `now own ..Kuzhambu looks delicious ..though i didnt cook this dish but happened to have many times ..


  10. Hi Aunty! Welcome... Nice kuzhambu and tempting pictures.. Ginger Juice is very unique too.. Looking forward to see more vegetarian recipes from you!

  11. yummy!
    I do not knw Anudivya personally... only thru a common friend! But guess am making another blogger friend today! :)

    welcome to the blogger community! Happy cooking and blogging! :)

  12. Hello Amma,Welcome..so good to see ur recipes..looking forward to see more..:)

  13. Got here from Anu's blog. Welcome to blogosphere. Hope to see lots of traditional recipes here.

  14. Hi Aunty,

    Nice recipe. looking forward to more South Indian recipes

  15. Hi Aunty

    Nice dish. Looking forward to more south Indian recipes

  16. Welcome Aboard Amma.Now thanks to you ,we will get some real gr8 authentic recipes and wonderful tips and tricks
    Simply loved the recipe,and yeah only an experienced lady can covert the tit bits into awesome meal within that short period of time
    I am sure we will get to learn so much thru this blog of yours
    Bye till then and take care

  17. Aunty,
    A very warm welcome to food blogging.It is our privelege that you are sharing your culinary knowledge with us.
    I look forward to learning from you

  18. hai aunty

    Welcome to blogging community....delicious simple sambar..lovely

  19. Just came from you daughter in laws place.
    I love channa and I am always looking for new recipes.
    Welcome to the blog world.
    Wishing youa lot of fun and lot of delicious posts for us.

  20. Hello Aunty,
    Welcome to bloggers world... Channa sambar looks delicious! Looking for more traditional recipes from you...

  21. Hello Aunty, welcome to the blogging community, looking forward to many many yum posts on this site...kozhumbu looks wonderful :-)

  22. Hi Aunty..Welcome to blog world..I am waiting to see more south indian recipes :)

  23. Hellow aunty
    Warm welcome to blog world... so here after we ll be enjoying yr authentic recipes too. so lovely and easy sambar.. looks yummy aunty.

  24. welcome aunty to the blogging world..the dish looks absolutely delicious..love the pic too

  25. Welcome to blogging and what a great start.Love the simple but tasty Channa sambar.

  26. Hello Aunty, Came over from Anu's blog. that is a lovely recipe, & a new one too! Beautiful pictures too.!

  27. Hello Aunty, Channa sambhar looks really yummy! Very creative to make something so delicious in 10 minutes! Welcome to blogging and look forward to see your recipes!

    I am Dibs from Chitra Amma's Kitchen!

  28. A very warm welcome! Looking forward to all the delicious dishes you plan to present to us.

  29. Hello Aunty, came here from ANu's Blog, great to see some authentic recipes n also to waiting to learn more from u...Warm hugs n hearty welcome to blogging...keep Rocking aunty..

  30. Hello Aunty, Welcome to the blogging community. Loking forward to authentic tamil recipes.

  31. Hello Aunty...the sambar looks so gud...and that's a wonderful idea to freeze channa..am going to try this....looking forward to many more handy tips from U...

  32. hi aunty...nice version of sambar..new to me...lookin fwd for more authentic foods recipes....thx for sharing....n happy blogging