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Sambar is a healthy and nutritious lentil stew which is mildly spiced and is loaded with the goodness of vegetables. Its pretty much a staple menu item in most South Indian households and is a great Protein rich alternative for vegetarians. Sambar is generally served as an accompaniment for Idli, Dosa or Steamed rice.

Sambar


Sambar is also one of the main dish in Kerala's traditional vegetarian feast - Sadya (You can checkout some of the Kerala Sadya recipes here)



If you travel down the length of Kerala, you can taste a variety of Sambar Recipes. Each region adds a twist to the recipe with minor variations in ingredients, way of making and consistency.

Try out these 2 variations of Sambar that I normally prepare at home.





Varutharacha Sambar

Prep Time : 15 min
Cook Time : 30 min

Ingredients

1/2 cup toor dal / split pigeon pea
1 cup mixed vegetables (You can use combination of any or all of the below) 
  • Carrots  
  • Okra
  • Drumstick
  • Potato
  • Brinjal
1/2 tomato (medium)
1/2 onion (medium)
2 teaspoon tamarind pulp
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilly powder [Optional]
Salt

To Grind:
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
2-3 garlic pods
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida 
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Few curry leaves

For tempering:

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 sprig curry leaves
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 dried red chilly

Directions

1) Use a pressure cooker to cook the dal till it achieves a smooth consistency (3 to 4 whistles should be fine).

Sambar

Sambar

2) Heat oil in a pan in low flame and add coconut, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, garlic pods & curry leaves. Fry this until golden brown.

Sambar

Sambar


Sambar

Sambar


Sambar

Sambar

3) Add asafoetida and coriander powder. Fry for 1 more minutes. Add 1/4 cup of water and grind it to fine paste. Keep it aside.

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar


4) Cook the vegetables with 1 cup of water, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar

5)  If using okra, shallow fry it in oil separately in a pan.

Sambar

Sambar

6)  Reduce the flame tamarind pulp. ground coconut paste, cooked dal and 1 cup of water. Now add okra and mix well. Bring to boil.

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar

Sambar

7) To add the finish touches, heat coconut oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. To this add the curry leaves and dried red chilli. Mix well. Add this to the Sambar. Serve hot with rice/ Idly/ Dosa.

Sambar

Sambar


Sambar

Sambar



Easy Pressure Cooker Sambar

Prep Time : 15 min
Cook Time : 20 min

Ingredients

1 cup toor dal / split pigeon pea
1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables (You can use combination of any or all of the below) 
  • Carrots  
  • Okra
  • Drumstick
  • Potato
  • Brinjal
1/2 tomato (medium)
1/2 onion (medium)
1 1/2 teaspoon tamarind pulp
1 tablespoon Sambar powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilly powder [Optional]
Coriander leaves 
Salt

For tempering:

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 sprig curry leaves
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 dried red chilly
Instructions

1) Use a pressure cooker to cook the dal till it achieves a smooth consistency (3 to 4 whistles should be fine).
Sadya

Sadya

Sadya

2) Add vegetables & salt along with 1 cup of water to the dal and further cook till the vegetables are done(1 to 2 additional whistles).

Sadya

Sadya

Sadya

Sadya

3) If using okra, shallow fry it in oil separately in a pan.

Sadya

Sadya

Sadya

4) Reduce the flame, add okra, tamarind pulp, Sambar powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well.

Sadya

Sadya


Sadya

Sadya

Sadya

5) Cook for an additional 3 to 5 min . Add coriander leaves and switch off the flame. Sambar is almost ready.

Sadya

6) To add the finish touches, heat coconut oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. To this add the curry leaves and dried red chilli. Mix well.

Sadya

Sadya


Sadya

Sadya


7) Add this to the Sambar. Serve hot with rice/ Idly/ Dosa.

Sadya

    Tip : To balance out excessive sourness from the tamarind, add 1 tsp jaggery / brown sugar .  

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