Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Onion Sambar

#Onion #Sambar : Sambar is done with sambar vegetables and small onion. But sambar can also be prepared only with small onions.This onion sambar tastes very very good as small onion gives a nice taste and aroma. In cities like Chennai and Bangalore small onion [ shallots ] is known as sambar onion.



Ingredients :
Cooked thuvar dhal                         : 3 tblsp
Tamarind                                        : 1 small nellikkai ( amla ) size
Tomato                                          : 1
Murungai keerai
( drumstick leaves )                        : small amount ( optional )
Small onion                                     : 20 to 25
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.


Wash potato thoroughly to remove mud over the skin.
Then cut into 1 inch cubes with skin.
Peel off onions and split green chilly lengthwise.
Cut tomato into eight 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.
Add potato pieces also.

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.
Then add tomato and saute for few seconds.


Transfer into boiling sambar.

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 white rice in a plate and add ladle full of sambar.
Add few drops of ghee or gingelly oil.
Mix well and enjoy with any stir fry/curry of your choice.
This sambar goes well with pongal also.

Other sambar recipes


Potato Sambar
Vegetable Sambar