Ripe Mango Sambar

Mango Sambar is flavorful South Indian dish made from ripe mangoes. I have used whole small ripe mangoes but you can use any type of mango available. You can serve this dish with rice or dosa/idly, upma or even roti.


  • Small ripe mangoes – 5 to 6
  • Whole tamarind – one lemon size
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns – 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies – 8 ( adjust to taste)
  • Urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1/4
  • Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Shredded coconut – 1.5 tbsp
  • Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 6 leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Soak tamarind in warm water for an hour before preparing  mango. Only then we will be able to extract the juice completely and easily.
  2. Wash and clean mangoes thoroughly since we are going use it with the skin. Make small deep cuts (about 5 to 6) in each mango. This helps in absorbing the essence of the sambar.
  3. Heat a pan with 1/2 tsp of oil and add coriander seeds, chana dal, black pepper, dried chilies, urad dal, half of fenugreek seeds. Roast until the lentils become golden brown. Transfer it to a plate. 
  4. Add shredded coconut to the same pan and fry until it becomes slight brown colour. Transfer it to the plate.
  5. Heat the remaining oil in a deep kadai or pan and add the rest of the fenugreek seeds and allow to splutter, then add curry leaves and asafoetida.
  6. Add the mangoes one by one and saute it over low heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Extract the tamarind juice by adding 1/2 cup of water and add this to the pan along with one more cup of water. Bring it to a boil and add salt and let it boil for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  8. Grind the fried items to a fine paste by adding a little water.
  9. Add this paste to the kadai and let it cook for 20 to 25 minutes over low to medium heat.
  10. Sambar is ready.

Preparation time: 40 minutes
Serving size: 4 to 5

I am submitting this recipe for Taste of the Tropics – Mango event hosted by Nayna Kanabar of simplysensationalfood and gourmetglobal.

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