Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Capsicum Sambar

#CapsicumSambar : In winter, the market is flooded with fresh Capsicums and also it costs very cheap. So I can't resist using it in all kinds of preparations. The other day I prepared sambar using capsicum. Capsicum has a distinct taste and aroma. The sambar with capsicum was so tasty with slightly different aroma than the regular sambar done with other vegetables. Here is the recipe :

Capsicum Sambar


Ingredients :


Cooked thuvar dhal                         : 1/3 cup
Tamarind                                        : 1 small nellikkai ( amla ) size
Capsicum                                       : 1 big size, chop into 1/2 inch pieces
Tomato                                           : 1 small size
Small onion                                     : 10 to 12
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.
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.

Keep a kadai with oil on medium flame.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies.
Saute for a few seconds.
Now add onion and saute until it gives out smell.
Then add capsicum and tomato pieces.


At this point add sambar powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder.
Saute for a minute and then add mashed dal.
Now add 1/2 cup of water and allow to simmer until the onions are done.
Squeeze tamarind with 3/4 cup of water and slowly add to boiling sambar.
Add required amount of salt.
Allow to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
Switch off the stove when sambar has come to required consistency.
Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.

Capsicum Sambar


Capsicum sambar is a very good side dish for rice mixed with dal, rice mixed with paruppu podi or paruppu thuvaiyal, and rice mixed with any thuvaiyal.
Capsicum sambar is mixed with hot white rice and can be relished with any curry/poriyal of your choice.

other sambar varieties you may like to try

Murungaikkai Katharikkai Sambar [ Drumstick Brinjal Sambar ] Vengaya Sambar [ Onion Sambar ] Urulaikizhangu Sambar [ Potato Sambar ]