Saturday, June 12, 2010

SAMBAR



Sambar is a spicy lentil soup from the Southern Indian states. It is an important part of the meal and is cooked every day with a variation of some vegetable added to it. Sambar is served with breakfast items like dosas, idlis and wadas and also with plain rice for lunch along with other accompaniments.

Ingredients:
Toor dal ..... 1 cup
Tamarind juice .... 2-3 tbsps.
Jaggery ....... a small piece.
Tomato ................. 1
Onion ................... 1 ( or small onions)
Green chillies .... 1-2
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp.
Red chilli powder ... 1/2 tsp.
Salt ................. to taste.
Coriander leaves ... handful.

For tempering :
Mustard seeds ..... 1 tsp.
Cumin seeds ........ 1 tsp.
Asafoetida ............ a pinch
Dry red chillies .... 2-3
Garlic ............. 2-3 cloves
Curry leaves ......... a sprig
Oil

To make sambar powder:
Dry roast:
Coriander seeds ... 1 tsp
Cumin seeds ........ 1 tsp.
Methi seeds ........ 1/4 tsp
Dry red chillies .... 2
Chana dal ............. 1 tsp.
Dessicated coconut ... 1 tbsp.
Cloves ................... 2
Cinnamon ... a small piece.

Method:
1. Soak the toor dal for 2-3 hours. Cook it in the pressure cooker( 2-3 whistles)
2. Dry roast and grind the sambar powder and keep it aside.
3. In a pan heat a little oil. Add the tempering ingredients. when the seeds crackle, add the onions and stir fry for 1 minute.Now add the crushed garlic, tomato and the dry spice powders and mix well.Add the salt, jaggery, tamarind juice and dal. Bring to boil adding sufficient water. Simmer until you get the desired consistency.

8 comments:

  1. sambar is my most fav. dish. looks so tempting.

    Thanks for dropping by and thanks for adding my blog to your blogroll. I added yours too :)

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    1. My favourite too Uma.. can eat everyday and not get tired.

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  2. Hi
    First time came across you blog.Nice collection of recipe.would happy to follow u

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    1. Thanks for liking my blog and following Subhashini :)

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  3. Hy Shoba,
    First time here..Awesome space you have with healthy collection of recipes. Happy to follow u.
    Do drop in at my space sometime.

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    1. Thanks Jay.. I did visit your blog.. Nice collection of recipes. I am following too.

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  4. Very flavorful.....Freshly ground masala gives lovely aroma while cooking..Love this!

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    1. True Priya .. love the fresh masala flavours.

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