Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar1

noun

  • A dark brown woodland deer with branched antlers, of southern Asia.

    • ‘The sambar deer is widely regarded as Australia's greatest hunting challenge.’
    • ‘The stillness was abruptly shattered by a loud alarm call from a sambar deer.’
    • ‘Maachli had fought hard to secure rights to an area around the Ranthambhore lakes, which are prime hunting grounds, full of sambar, spotted deer and wild boar.’
    • ‘Other large mammals that have vanished are the leopard, the largest species of deer (the sambar and the barking deer), the pig-tailed macaque, and the wild pig.’
    • ‘Neelgai, sambar, cheetah, langur, porcupine and rabbit roam in abundance, while hyena, jackal, wild boar and a variety of birds including migratory ones have made Sariska a tourist's delight.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Hindi sābar, from Sanskrit śambara.

Pronunciation:

sambar

/ˈsambɑː/

Main definitions of sambar in English

: sambar1sambar2

sambar2

(also sambhar)

noun

  • [mass noun] A spicy south Indian dish consisting of lentils and vegetables.

    • ‘He sings the same song to her every morning, right after she finishes mopping up the last of her soupy sambar with a masala dosa.’
    • ‘The third day, our guide took us to a place where a pair of tigers had killed a sambar (Indian deer) a couple of days ago.’
    • ‘We were shown the clean and modern kitchen where, in huge vats, rice and sambar were cooked for distribution to 43,000 schoolchildren.’
    • ‘Chuppili had sat down to breakfast on two idlis and a cup of sambar when the calling bell rang.’
    • ‘We decided to have idli and sambhar which is steamed rice dumpling with hot lentil sauce.’
    • ‘The rest of the time we did nothing - gorged on pongal and sambar, and more sambar.’
    • ‘When they're fresh and fluffy, they come alive with a bit of chutney or a dousing of sambar.’
    • ‘One dip of the dosai into the sambar confirmed my worst fears.’
    • ‘I could eat sambar (almost) every day.’
    • ‘At lunchtime we halt near a small waterfall, and with enough wood lying around we soon have spicy sambhar to go with boiled rice.’
    • ‘Sambar made of green gram dal and lime instead of tamarind with more watery vegetables may be a better option.’
    • ‘There is barely elbow room and if the person eating next to you spills "sambar" into your coffee, take it in your stride.’
    • ‘There is rice and sambhar every day, but different vegetables are used over the week and there are regular supplements.’
    • ‘To prepare thicker sambar, increase the quantity of dhal.’
    • ‘With all this bounty Roma is also very happy eating what the staff cook for themselves - rice, rasam and sambhar.’
    • ‘Here is Meenakshi Ammal's recipe for sambar, the most basic Tamil dish.’
    • ‘Garnished with an array of chutneys and delicious sambar, the end product is simply scrumptious for the food aficionado.’
    • ‘When we discussed the sambar soup after the meal, Palani's young cousin Usha, commented that it tasted a bit strange.’
    • ‘Wearing his traditional yarmulke (skull cap) and mixing sambhar with a piece of idli, he said he liked spicy Indian food.’

Origin

From Tamil cāmpār, via Marathi from Sanskrit sambhāra collection, materials.

Pronunciation:

sambar

/ˈsambɑː/