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Unique Sambar Recipe

Sambar is a staple in south Indian homes and also equally popular and loved by many. it is healthy as well as nutritious. it is rich in protein and also other nutrients like vitamins, minerals, etc as its made from both lentils and vegetables. sambar served with rice or idli makes up for a complete meal.

  • Prep time:
  • 20 minutes
  • cook time:
  • 20 minutes
  • serves:
  • 2 to 3 person

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Level : Moderate

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : NA

Recipe Notes

Don't overcook vegetables.

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  • Veg
  • #SouthIndian
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  • 1. Before we begin making sambar, it always helps to soak tamarind in water earlier. so soak 1 tablespoon tamarind in ⅓ cup hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • 2. Once the tamarind gets soft, then squeeze the tamarind in the water itself. discard the strained tamarind and keep the tamarind pulp aside
  • 3. Rinse ½ cup tuvar dal (100 grams) a couple of times in water.
  • 4. Drain all the water and add the dal in a 2 litre pressure cooker. also add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.
  • 5. Add 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water and mix.
  • 6. Cover and pressure cook dal for 7 to 8 whistles or 10 to 12 minutes on medium flame.
  • 7. When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and check the dal. the dal should be completely cooked and mushy. mash the dal with a spoon or wired whisk. cover and keep aside. you can see the consistency of dal in the picture below.
  • 8. When the dal is pressure cooking – rinse, peel and chop the vegetables. when making sambar, chop the vegetables which get cooked faster in large sizes.
  • 9. Take 1 to 1.5 cups chopped vegetables in a pan or pot.
  • 10. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder and salt as per taste. Adding kashmiri red chili powder is optional and can be skipped. i add it for a nice bright color in the sambhar.
  • 11. Add 1.5 to 2 cups water and stir. add enough water so that they cover the vegetables.
  • 12. Cook till the vegetables are almost done. ensure that you don’t overcook the vegetables.
  • 13. Then add the tamarind pulp next add 1 to 1.5 tablespoons sambar powder.
  • 14. Stir and mix well again.add the mashed dal.
  • 15. Mix very well. if the consistency looks very thick, you can add some water. you can easily adjust the quantity of water and make medium to thin consistency of sambhar.
  • 16. Simmer on a medium-low flame till it comes to a boil. Stir at intervals. you will see a frothy layer on top when the sambar begins boiling. at this step switch off the flame. cover and keep aside. check the taste and add salt if required.
  • 17. In a small pan or tadka pan give a tadka to Sambar.
  • 18. Serve sambar hot.
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