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Manjal Sambar | A Quick Tiffin Sambar with Chickpea Flour & Turmeric

Manjal /Turmeric Sambar - An instant sambar prepared with chickpea flour with a lot of turmeric and fennel seeds and it is a perfect side for all tiffins.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: instant sambar
Servings: 5
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Srividhya G


  • 1/3 cup Onion chopped or shallots 6 to 7
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Carrot chopped
  • 2 tbsp Zucchini chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Sambar Podi
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 2 tbsp Chickpea Flour
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1.25 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro chopped

For Tempering:


Prep - Work

  • Chop the onion and green chilies into small pieces.
  • If using vegetables, then chop them as well. Tear the curry leaves into small pieces.
  • Sift the chickpea flour and set aside.


  • Heat the kadai or pan and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and hing.
  • When the mustard seeds start to splutter, then add the curry leaves, garlic, and chopped green chilies fry for 30 seconds.
  • Now add the chopped onion and cook until it turns translucent.
  • At this stage add the¬†chopped carrots and zucchini and mix well.
  • Allow it to cook for one to two minutes.
  • Then add the turmeric powder, sambar powder, and salt.
  • Mix well and reduce the heat to low and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add 2 cups of water to the sifted chickpea flour and using a hand whisk or spoon, mix it thoroughly. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Add the chickpea flour mix to the sambar.
  • Check for salt at this stage and if required then adjust¬†according to your preference.
  • Let it simmer and bring it to one boil. The sambar will be thick at this stage. Check notes for consistency adjustments.
  • That's it. Quick yummy yellow sambar is ready. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with any tiffin.



  • If you want a thick consistency, then allow it to simmer for couple more minutes. Or if you want a thinner consistency, add 1/2 more cup of water and bring it to just one boil.
  • As always adjust the salt and spices according to your preference.
  • You can skip the sambar powder and add red chili powder instead, or you can add more green chilies.
  • Vegetables with high water content are preferable for this sambar.


Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.6mg