The Story of Sambaar

- April 24, 2020


Legend says, a long time ago when the head chef of the Maratha palace was away, Shivaji’s son, Sambhaji, decided to make a bowl of dal for himself. In a moment of inspiration, he added some tamarind to the dish, something that wasn’t the norm. However, nobody in the kitchen dared to correct the great Maratha prince. Luckily, for everyone involved, the dish turned out to be quite good, and so, thanks to Sambhaji’s culinary whimsy, sambaar was born! 

Today, one can sample more than 50 varieties of sambaar across the country. It’s not a coincidence that the Maharashtrian amti and South Indian sambaar taste so similar. However, chefs do relish the unique taste of sambaar from the Thanjavur region, be it with a crisp dosa or a bowl of steaming rice.