Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Sambar,serve it with just plain white rice or accompanied with papads or curries or fries and just a dash of ghee tastes divine.Sambar is a staple in almost every South Indian home.And they have many types of sambars.Sambar has tamarind in it which besides providing tartness to the dish also has a cooling effect.Almost any vegetable can be used to make sambar.Today I made it with whatever I could find in my fridge.Also I was out of the home made sambar powder so used the store bought.

Ingredients :
1 cup toor dal (pressure cooked and made into a paste)
1 small onion sliced lengthwise
4 green chillies(adjust to taste) slit
1 large or 2 small tomatoes chopped lengthwise
1/2 bottle gourd/dudhi/anapakaya/sorakaya peeled and chopped lengthwise
1 turnip peeled and chopped lenghtwise
3-4  small red radishes sliced into 1/2 inch circles
1 large carrot peeled and chopped
small lemon sized tamarind (soak in water and extract juice)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric
1&1/2 tbsps sambar pwd (I used MTR sambar pwd)
1&1/2 tsp red chilly pwd
1tbsp sugar
3-4 methi seeds/menthulu
1&1/2 tbsp grated fresh coconut(optional)

Tempering/Tadka/Popu :
1tbsp ghee/oil
1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp jeera/cumin seeds
1/4 tsp hing/inguva/asafoetida( or u can use 4 crushed garlic flakes)
2 dry red chilli
 8-12 fresh /dried curry leaves

 Method :

In a vessel add onion,chillies,anapakaya,turnip,carrot,red raddish,salt,turmeric,chilli pwd,sugar.Add water till it submerges the veggies.Boil covered on medium heat till the veggies are almost cooked,but are still firm.Now add the tamarind juice,tomatoes,cooked  mashed dal ,sambar powder,grated coconut and water.Let cook till a frothy layer forms on top and the raw smell of tamarind disappears.Check for seasoning and adjust.Add cilantro leaves.
Heat oil/ghee in a separate pan, add mustard seeds,cumin seeds and when the mustard seeds splutter,add menthulu,red chillies,hing/inguva,curryleaves and switch off the stove taking care not to burn .Add to the sambar and close the lid immediately.Serve with white rice,with alittle ghee...Enjoy!!

1 comment:

Sree said...

one of its kind comment maybe ;).. cool container.

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