Recipe – Authentic Sambar

sambar

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Toor dal: 1 Cup
  • Water: 4 Cups or as reqruired
  • salt: 2 teaspoon or as required
  • Carrot – 1 small, cut into cubes
  • Drumstick – 2, cut into pieces lengthwise
  • Ladies finger (Bhindi): 4-5, cut into pieces
  • Brinjal or Began (Eggplant): 1 small, cut into cubes
  • Potato: 1 small, cut into cubes
  • Tomato – 2, chopped
  • Onion: 1 small, chopped
  • Curry Leaves: 4-5
  • Dried Red chili: 1
  • Garlic cloves: 3-4, chopped
  • Oil: 3 Teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds: ¼ Teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder (Haldi): 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Sambar powder: 2 Tablespoon
  • Tamarind paste: 1 Tablespoon

Method

  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pressure cook or pan.
  • add the Toor and saute for 2-3 minutes or till nice fragrance.
  • Add 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon salt, half of the chopped tomato, half of the chopped onion, 1 garlic cloves, ½ Tablespoon sambar powder. Mix well. Cover and cook on high flame for 3 whistles.
  • After the steam goes, open the cooker.
  • In a big pot, heat 2 teaspoon oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add curry leaves, red dried chili, garlic, onion and sauté till onions are transparent, not brown.
  • Add tomato and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped vegetables, 2 cups of water, 1 teaspoon salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and cover for 6-7 minutes or till vegetables are cooked.
  • Add cooked dal, sambar powder and tamarind paste. Adjust water to get the desired consistency.
  • Let it boil for 7-8 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and serve hot.
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