Thursday, October 6, 2011


#Sambar : Sambar is one of the famous South Indian preparations which goes well with
White Rice, Idly. Dosa, Vada & even with Chappathy.

Sambar [ Mixed vegetable sambar ]

Ingredients :
Tamarind                            : Amla [ nellikkai ] size ball
Boiled Thuvar Dhal             : 3 Tbl Spoons
Small Onions                      :  10 numbers
      If not available,
Big Onion( Bellary )              : 1 Small sized
Turmeric Powder                : A Pinch
Sambar Powder                   : 3 Tsp Levelled
Dhaniya Powder( If             : 1 Tsp Levelled
available )
Salt                                     : 1 1/2 Tsp ( Adjust to taste )
Mustard Seeds                    : 1/4 Tsp
Asafoetida                        : A Pinch
Gingelly oil                         : 1 Tsp
Curry Leaves AND Coriander leaves.
Tomato                              : 1 Small
Green Chilly                       : 2 Nos.
Vegetables                          : Raddish, Drumstick, Carrot, Potato,                            
                                             Ladies Finger, Avaraikkai, Brinjal
Take any one vegetable OR in combination.

Soak Tamarind in Lukewarm water.
Remove skin of Onion. Wash vegetables.
Cut onion & vegetables.
Turn ON the stove.
Keep a Kadai on the stove & add 1/2 tsp of any cooing oil.
First crackle mustard then add Perungayam [ Asafoetida ],

curryleaves, half split green chillies.
and Onions ( in the order). Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

* If you are going to make Sambar in the Kadai itself, follow this procedure:
Add vegetables and saute for a minute. Then add Turmeric, Dhaniya and Sambar Powder.

 Add a cup of water, Close the kadai with a lid & keep the burner on SIM.

Keep it closed till the vegetables are done.
Add Boiled Dhal.
Now add strained Tamarind water.
Add salt & allow it to cook on slow flame for 5 more minutes.
By then you get a nice aroma of sambar.
Turn off the stove.
Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with Curry & Coriander leaves.

* If you are going to make Sambar in a cooker 
After onions are sauteed with chilly & curry leaves, transfer it into a pressure cooker.
Mash cooked dhal and add it with a cup of water & turn ON the stove,
keep the cooker on high flame.

Now add Sambar Powder, Turmeric powder, Dhaniya powder & salt.

Add Tamarind water. By the time you add all these ingredients the sambar would have started boiling with a thala bhula music.
Close the cooker with the lid & put the weight on.
After one whistle switch OFF the stove.
Keep it closed till the pressure subsides.
After opening the cooker if you want let it simmer for 5 more minutes on slow flame to remove raw smell.

Now sambar is ready to eat. Transfer the hot sambar into a serving bowl & garnish with coriander leaves.

Sambar [ Mixed vegetable sambar ]

You get approximately 3 cups of Sambar enough for 2 to 3 persons.

Other Sambar varieties you may like to try

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

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