Sambar is a staple dish in South Indian household and it's a part of South Indian meals. It is prepared almost everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also used as a dip for snacks like vada. It is cooked with lentils and vegetables. It can be made of either one vegetable or a combination of vegetables.
Sambar powder varies from one place to another. In some places people add cinnamon sticks with the lentils and spices whereas in the other region people add grated coconut etc. The preparation varies from place to place. The addition of vegetables and the sambar powder makes changes in taste. It is usually served with rice, idly, dosa and ven pongal. Here comes my method...
Toor dal / Thuvaram Paruppu - 1 cup
Tomato - 1
Green Chilli - 6
Garlic - 5 pods
Shallots / Small Onion - 2
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Sambar powder - 2 or 3 tsp
Vegetables - 1 cup(carrot, beans, potato, drumstick, ladies finger, brinjal)
Big Onion - 1(small)
Tamarind - small marble sized
Salt - to taste
Coconut - 2 tblspn
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Small onion - 1
Oil - 1 tsp
Soak tamarind in warm water and extract its juice. Grind coconut and cumin into a coarse powder without adding water.
Pressure cook dal along with chopped tomato, slit green chilli, onion, garlic, asafoetida, turmeric and little water. Cook for 4 whistles. When the pressure is released mash it well.
Meanwhile, chop the vegetables and soak in clean water.
Add in chopped vegetables and little turmeric, salt and tamarind extract to the mashed dal.
When the vegetables gets cooked add ground coconut. Wait for 2mins.
Add in sambar powder and mix well. After 1 min add coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add in chopped onion and curry leaves. Pour the tempering over the sambar.
Serve hot with rice.
- You can add vegetables of your choice.
|Take all your ingredients|
|In a pressure cooker, combine together toor dal,green chilli,tomato,shallots,turmeric,asafoetida|
|Grind coconut and cumin without adding water|
|Chop all the vegetables and keep aside|
|Mash the cooked dal|
|Add grated coconut to the dal|
|and tamarind extract|
|Add vegetables and enough water to cook|
|and salt to taste|
|I forgot to add add potato, so added later|
|After 5 mins, add chopped onion. It will enhance its taste|
|Then add ladies finger. It also should be added after 5 mins.|
|When the vegetables are cooked add sambar powder|
|Finally add coriander leaves and remove from flame. It gives nice aroma.|
|Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds|
|When mustard seeds begin to crackle, add chopped onion and curry leaves|
|Pour the tempering over the sambar|
|Its ready. Enjoy!|