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2 September, 2012

Sambar – 1

Posted in : Curries, Dhal Varieties, Diabetic, Dinner, Diwali, Heart Healthy, Indian, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Paleo, Tamil Nadu, Vegetarian on by : sujeesha

Thoor dhal – 1 cup
Tomatoes – 2 (diced)
Garlic – 5 cloves with skin (optional)
Castor oil – 1 tsp (optional)
Any chopped vegetable of your choice – 2 cups
:- you can use veggies like raddish, brinjal, okra, drumstick, capsicum or chow chow.
Shallots/sambar onion/pearl onion – a handful or small red onion – 1 (sliced lengthwise)
Green chilies – 5 (slit)
Tamarind pulp – from a cherry-sized ball of tamarind

Curry leaves – 1 sprig


Coriander leaves – a handful
Sambar powder – 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Vegetable/cooking oil – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
For tempering 1:
Fenugreek/methi seeds – 1 tsp
Asafetida/hing – 1/2 tsp
For tempering 2:
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Dry red chilies – 5
Asafetida/hing – ½ tsp
Method of preparation:
  1. Pressure cook thoor dhal with tomatoes, garlic and castor oil.                                                    :- adding castor oil will help dhal cook real well.
  2. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a deep vessel. Stir-fry the vegetable and keep aside.
  3. Add more oil to the same vessel and add the tempering 1 ingredients.
  4. Now add onions, green chilies and curry leaves and sauté till onions turn translucent.
  5. Now add the fried vegetable and 2 cups of water.
  6. Add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt and cook covered till a nice aroma arises. (about 6-7 mins)
  7. Now add the tamarind pulp, one more cup of water and cook covered for about 5 minutes.
  8. Now mash the dhal well with a ladle and pour into the mixture. Check for salt and cook covered till the sambar is frothy and reduces a bit.
  9. Check for salt and throw in roughly chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  10. Heat remaining oil in a small wok and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, throw in the rest of the tempering 2 ingredients and pour this onto the sambar.
Serve hot with rice or idli or dosa!!

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