Rasam -> Sambar = Rasambar

Isn’t it a very intriguing title? Have you ever wondered what to do with the left over Rasam (ಸಾರು ), or all the thick dal leftover. Don’t you feel bad wasting or throwing away all the protein since as vegetarians all the protein we get is from the thick dal leftover at the bottom of Rasam.

And don’t tell anyone at home you used this trick. They will not even know.


This is when I store the Rasam in the Refrigerator, and later within a day or two convert it to Sambar (ಹುಳಿ).  This Sambar (ಹುಳಿ) is than used with Idli, Vada and Chatni. So, delicious.

Anyway, let us see how to convert Rasam to Sambar.


  1. 2 cups leftover Rasam (ಸಾರು )
  2. 2 cups Vegetables ( carrot, beans, potatoes etc)
  3. 1 large Onion
  4. 2 tsp Sambar Powder
  5. 1 Large Tomato
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 2 sprigs curry leaves
  8. Oil, mustard seeds, Jeera seeds, Asafotedia or Hing and Turmeric


  1. In a non-stcik pan heat Oil
  2. Add mustard seeds, jeera seeds, Asafotedia or Hing, curry leaves and Turmeric
  3. Next, add onion and fry for 4-5 minutes,
  4. Add tomatoes
  5. Add the Sambar powder
  6. I pre-boil all the vegetables in the microwave. Add these vegetables to the pan
  7. When this comes to a boil, and the vegetables are cooked add the 2 cups leftover Rasam (ಸಾರು )
  8. Add salt to taste and let this boil until for 7-8 minutes.
  9. Your Rasambar is ready to serve with Idli, Vada and Chatni.


You can find recipe for Sambar Powder here:


14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Arathi on December 6, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Great Idea !


  2. Posted by akshatha vyasraj on December 6, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Hi Meera Good Morning n nice thought .Thank u very much


  3. My mum is doing this very often for idli and dosage as side dish


  4. Posted by kum on December 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Wow! Great idea to use left-over RASAM!

    Meera, I recently made “Hotel Sambar” by following the recipe from Srirangam Radhu.
    The taste of sambar was awesome. This sambar is great with dosa, idli and pongal.
    This sambar taste great the next day.
    I hope you try it sometime! Here is the link for “Hotel Sambar”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtCix_JGTiY

    If you unable to follow the link, go to google , and type – Hotel SAmbar Srirangam Radhu


    • Posted by meeraghu on December 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Tried to see the youtube video, however it is in Tamil. And I don’t know Tamil.


    • Posted by kum on December 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Meera, Can I can post the recipe for “Hotel Sambar” in English. I just don’t want to cause problems here – such as copyright laws and stuff…

      I can just understand Tamil, but can’t speak in Tamil. And I from Bangalore.


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