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seeni sambol

Seeni sambol

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Srilankan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Hema Magesh


  • 4 big onions
  • a marble sized ball of tamarind
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  • a handful curry leaves
  • 1" piece of cinnamon
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt as needed
  • a pinch of turmeric powder.


  • Peel and slice the onions into thin longitudinal pieces. Wash the tamarind and soak it in ¼ cup of water.
  • Dry fry the onions in a pan without adding oil for about two minutes.  Add ¼ tsp of salt, and ½ tsp of sugar. When all the water in the pan evaporates and the onions become bit translucent and start browning a bit, add the oil.
    seeni sambol. steps 1-3jpg
  • Fry for a minute and add the curry leaves, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  • Saute this for a minute, and add the turmeric and chilly powders, as well as tamarind water (squeezed out from the soaked tamarind). Add salt as per need and close the vessel with a lid so that the contents get cooked well.
    seeni sambol steps 4-6
  • Switch off the stove once all  the water evaporates. Serve this with string hoppers, bread, rice, chapati or dosa. 
    badusha steps 1&2