Saturday, January 30, 2010

#1 Recipe Sambar - Sambar Recipe - South Indian Sambar Recipe - Sambar/Saaru Recipe - Traditional Mysore Style

This is the recipe to prepare Sambar - probably the single most popular South Indian food item :-)

For this recipe - you should already have sambar powder prepared - you can find it here - tasty sambar powder recipe.

sambar recipe
If you are ready - lets proceed:

Serves: 3-4
Time to prepare: 30 minutes with a pressure cooker

Ingredients for Sambar:
  • 150gms (small bowl or cup) - toor dal (Tur dal, तूर दाल in हिंदी, ತೊಗರಿ ಬೇಳೇ in ಕನ್ನಡ ) - finely washed
  • 2 tsps - coconut gratings (optional - this gives a konkani touch :-)
  • 2 chopped tomatos
  • 1 cup of chopped vegetables ( 1" cubes - in any combination - drumstick, potato, brinjals, lady's finger etc)
  • 1/4 tsp - turmeric powder (हल्दी हिंदी, ಅರಿಶಿನ ಕನ್ನಡ)
  • 4 tsp - sambar powder
  • small marble sized tamarind (इम्ली in हिंदी, ಹುಣಸೆ ಹಣ್ಣು in ಕನ್ನಡ)  
  • 1 spoon - mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig - curry leaves ( कड़ी पत्ता in हिंदी,  ಕರಿಬೇವು ಎಲೆ in ಕನ್ನಡ)
  • 2 tsps - cooking oil of choice
  • 1 red chilli - torn in halves
  • tiny piece of asafoetida (हिंग in हिंदी, ಹಿಂಗು in ಕನ್ನಡ)
Method for Sambar:
  1. Pressure cook the toor dal with the half litre of water, turmeric, tomatoes, tamarind for 2 whistles - allow to cool - mash the cooked dal to a paste.
  2. Add about half litre of water, sambar powder, vegetables, salt - bring to a boil.
  3. Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes - until the vegetables are cooked nicely.
  4. Seasoning - heat the oil - add the mustard seeds, red chillies, hing - when the mustard starts to splutter - add it to the curry.
  5. Sambar is ready - enjoy with steaming hot rice - yummmmmyyyyy!
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