Sunday, March 30, 2014

Thakkali Kai Sambar

#ThakkaliKaiSambar #UripeTomatoSambar : Thkkali Kai sambar is prepared with unripe tomato.Unripe tomato has its own unique taste and flavor. When sambar is prepared with it, the taste is good and also flavour is different.  Let me present the way of making sambar using unripe tomato and other vegetables.

Thakkali kai [ unripe tomato ]

Ingredients :


Cooked thuvar dhal                         : 3 tblsp
Tamarind                                         : 1 small nellikkai ( amla ) size
Murungaikai 9drumstick ]                : 1 long size
Palakottai [ jack fruit seed ]             : 6
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 palakottai lengthwise into two halves and remove skin.

Keep aside.

Peel off onions and split green chilly lengthwise.
Wash curry leaves, coriander leaves and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Now take mashed cooked dal in a pressure cooker.
Add turmeric powder, sambar powder, coriander powder and mix well adding a cup of water.
Let it boil over a medium 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.
Now add tomato pieces and saute for 2 minutes.
Transfer into boiling dal in cooker.
Add cut pieces of murungaikai and palakottai.
Now squeeze tamarind with 1/2 cup of water and strain the juice into cooker.
Add salt and enough water.
Close the cooker with weight on.
Allow it to cook for one whistle.

Thakkali kai Sambar [ unripe tomato sambar ]

Open after the steam subsides and if needed simmer on the stove for 3 minutes more.
Now tasty tasty sambar is ready.

Transfer into a serving bowl.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Thakkali kai Sambar [ unripe tomato sambar ]

Take hot rice in a plate and add ladle full of sambar.
Mix well and enjoy with any stir fry/curry of your choice.
Note :
The quantity of tamarind has to be increased or decreased in accordance with the sourness of the tomato.
Any other vegetable suitable for sambar can be used in place of murungaikai [ drumstick ] and palakottai [ jackfruit seed ]

Other related recipes you may like to try

Murungaikai palakottai Sambar [ drumstick jackfruit seed sambar ] Vilampazham Sambar [ Woodapple sambar ] Turnip Murungaikai Sambar [ Turnip Drumstick sambar ]