Monday, October 7, 2013

Murungaikai Katharikkai Sambhar

Drumstick and Brinjal Sambhar
Sambhar is the main course of Tamilian lunch. It is prepared with thuvar dhal, tamarind juice and vegetables. It is mixed with white rice and taken along with a curry and koottu. Sambar can be prepared with almost all vegetables but some are specially suitable for it. One such vegetable is murungaikai ( drum stick ) and other vegetables are kataharikkai ( brinjal ), mullangi ( radish ), vendaikai ( ladies finger ), chow chow, potato, pumpkin etc.,... . Here let me give recipe for murungaikai - katahrikkai sambar and the quantity is enough for 3 to 4 people.



Ingredients :
cooked thuvar dhal                         : 3 tblsp
tamarind                                        : 1 small nellikkai ( amla ) size
murungaikai                                   : 1 long size
katharikkai                                     : 1 small size
carrot                                            : 1/2 of small size ( optional )
tomato                                           : 1 small size
murungai keerai
( drumstick leaves )                        : small amount ( optional )
small onion                                     : 6 to 8
green chilly                                     : 2
curry leaves                                    : 8 to 10
coriander leaves                               : small amount to garnish
sambar powder                               : 2 tsp ( adjust )
coriander powder                            : 1 tsp
turmeric powder                              : a pinch
salt                                                 : 2 tsp ( adjust )
mustard seeds                                  : 1/2 tsp
asafoetida                                        : 1/4 tsp
oil                                                   : 1 tsp

Method :
Soak tamarind in hot water.


Cut murungaikai into 2 inch long pieces.
Cut katharikkai into long 1/2 inch thick pieces and put in water.

Peel off onions and split green chillies lengthwise.
Cut tomato into 8 equal pieces.
Wash curry leaves, coriander leaves and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Take cooked dhal in a small cooker / pressure pan and mash with a ladle or potato masher adding one cup of water.



Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, coriander powder and keep on slow flame.

Keep a kadai with a tsp of oil on another burner.
First splutter mustard seeds then add asafoetida, curry leaves, split green chilly and finally onion in the order. Saute till you get nice aroma of onions.


Transfer into boiling dhal in cooker.


Add cut pieces of vegetables.




Now squeeze tamarind with 3/4 cup of water and strain the juice into cooker.


Add salt and close cooker with weight on.
Allow it to cook for one whistle.
Open after the steam subsides and if needed switch on the stove and allow to boil for 3 minutes.
Now sambar is ready.


Transfer into a serving bowl.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Take hot rice in a plate and add ladle full of sambar.
Mix well and enjoy with any stir fry/curry of your choice.