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Sambar

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Time50 Min
DifficultyEasy
Serves4

Every South Indian cuisine fan knows a South Indian meal is incomplete without Sambar. The universal side dish of southern India is perfect for any meal from breakfast to dinner. This gravy dish made primarily of toor dal with numerous veggies is high in nutrition and taste. Most people think as there are numerous ingredients in sambar, it is complex to cook but it is actually quite a simple dish. ... The sambar ingredients primarily consist of lentils, oil, spices, sambar masala, tamarind, and mixed vegetables. As the vegetables are sautéed and then cooked with water until they turn soft, their vital nutrients stay intact. Then the boiled and mashed dal is added to the tender vegetables so the flavour of vegetables seeps into the dal. Then the tamarind pulp and sambar powder are added to this mixture, to give the unique tangy and spicy flavour for which sambhar is known for. Sambar is made in many different ways depending on the person making it. You can change the recipe as per your choice by increasing or decreasing the number of vegetables used and even the type of dal you want to use. It can be served with plain rice, idli, vada, dosa, uttapam, and even jeera rice. Depending on the accompaniment, its consistency needs to be adjusted. Anyone can have sambar as it’s full of protein and nutrients and even the kids love it. Its tangy and rich flavour makes it a popular side dish for breakfast and other meals. This everyday dish served with soft idlis or rice is the perfect healthy meal, high on nutrients and taste. Make this delicious dish with this easy to make sambar recipe.

Nutrition Info. (per serving)

ProteinFatCarbsFibre150 Cal150 Cal150 Cal150 Cal
  • 7gProtein
  • 3gFat
  • 22gCarbs
  • 6gFibre

Ingredients

Dry Grocery

Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds

1 teaspoon

Turmeric Powder

Turmeric Powder

2 teaspoons

Red Chilli Powder

Red Chilli Powder

2 teaspoons

Asafoetida/hing

Asafoetida/hing

0.5 teaspoons

Sambar Powder

Sambar Powder

1.5 teaspoons

Toor Dal

Toor Dal

0.5 cups

Tamarind

Tamarind

1 tablespoon

Salt

Salt

1 teaspoon

Refined Oil

Refined Oil

2 teaspoons

Jaggery

Jaggery

1 teaspoon

Fruits & Vegetables

Onion

Onion

0.5 pieces

Tomato

Tomato

1 piece

Brinjal/eggplant

Brinjal/eggplant

2 small pieces

Drumstick

Drumstick

1 piece

Curry Leaves

Curry Leaves

6 g

Other

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

1.5 cups

Directions

1Wash dal and rinse it. Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder, salt and water for 2-3 whistles.
2 Once cooked set aside. Soak tamarind for 20 min. After 20 min, mash the tamarind and strain to get the pulp. Cut all the vegetables into the dices and drumstick in 2 inch pieces.
3Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves & allow it crackle . Add hing and diced onion and saute well.
4Add drumstick, diced brinjal, diced pumpkin & saute for 5 minutes.
5Add all powdered spices to the saute vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes.
6Now add boiled dal along with diced tomato. Mix well and simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
7Add tamarind pulp & jaggery together and cook for 15 minutes.
8Check the seasoning & serve hot .

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