Sambar is a lentil-based vegetable stew, cooked with pigeon pea and tamarind broth. It is popular in South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines. The stew has been adapted into Burmese cuisine as a popular accompaniment to Burmese curries.
The most important ingredient of sambar is the spice mix that is used for preparing the dish. This mix is generally known as sambar powder as its derived from a dried powdered mix of different spices. Sometimes this spice mix also comes in the form of a we paste but effectively they accomplish the same thing.