Sambhar Lentil Masala

July 26, 2021

Sambhar Lentil Masala

This South Indian lentil dish is a favourite among foodies, both vegan and not. It is oh so authentic, delicious and the perfect regular dish the entire family will love!


Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 - 25 mins

Serves: 4 - 6



  • 3 heaped tbsp of Lord & Lion Sambhar Lentil Masala Blend
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 ½ large onions, sliced finely
  • 2 cups of red lentils, washed and drained.
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed into 2 cm chunks
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp of crushed ginger
  • ½ cup of coconut milk (or other preferred milk)
  • 1½  tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Fresh coriander, chopped roughly
  • 2 red birds eye chillies, sliced diagonally


  1. In a large, heavy based pot, add the oil and sauté the onions until soft.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the Lord & Lion Sambhar Lentil Masala Blend and mix through.
  4. Add the lentils and coat with the mixture.
  5. Add 3½  cups of water and bring to the boil.
  6. Add the potatoes and carrots and leave on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste.
  8. Add the coconut milk and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  9. Add ½ cup to 1 cup more water if required to achieve the right ‘wet’ consistency.  Stir through.
  10. Garnish with the coriander and chillies.  Drizzle with some plain yoghurt if you wish.
  11. Serve with Indian flatbreads or with rice.