Sambar

Ingredients

  • Thoor dal ——————– 1/2 cup (soaked for an hour)
  • Moong dal ——————- 1 tbsp (soaked for an hour)
  • Whole garlic ————— 1
  • Brinjal ————————- 2
  • Drumstick ——————- 6 pieces
  • Radish ————————- 4
  • Carrot ————————— 1
  • Taro root ———————- 1
  • Asafoetida ——————- 1 small piece
  • Water ————————— 3 cups
  • Sambar powder ———- 2 tbsp
  • Tomato ———————— 2 (make puree)
  • Shallots ———————— 15 (thinly sliced)
  • Tamarind ——————— Small lime size (soak it in water)
  • Salt to taste

For seasoning

  • Mustard seeds ————— 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds ———- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds —————– 1 tsp
  • Dry chilies ——————— 2
  • Curry leaves —————— 2 springs
  • Shallots ————————- 2 thinly sliced
  • Cilantro ————————- 1/2 bunch
  • Cooking oil ——————- 1 tbsp

How to make

  • Cut all the vegetables into medium size pieces
  • Add the soaked dals, garlic, cut vegetables, salt, turmeric powder and a piece of asafoetida into a pressure cooker
  • Add 3 cups of water to it
  • Cook it in medium heat for one whistle and switch off the stove
  • Heat another pot in medium heat
  • Pour the oil and add the sliced shallots
  • Saute for 5 minutes
  • Add the tomato puree and green chilies to it
  • Cook it for 5 more minutes
  • Now add the sambar powder
  • Add the tamarind water
  • Cook until it boils
  • Now open the pressure cooker and pour it into the pot
  • Check the salt and add if needed
  • Now let us do the seasoning
  • Heat a small pan in medium heat, add oil and mustard seeds
  • Once the mustard seeds crackle, add the shallots, cumin seeds, fenugreek, dry chilies and curry leaves
  • Pour this into the sambar
  • Then garnish with cilantro
  • Now it should be ready to serve
  • It goes well with rice, idly or dosa

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