Jul 3, 2012

Kathambha satham /Sāmbhar Satham

Tamilnadu is ever known for its delicious sambar and idly. This has become a usual menu in all wedding receptions where rice Items are also served along with Tiffin .This rice for sure will tickle the taste buds of all sambhar lovers. I added the vegetables to my taste and  also I have added lot of green chillis. This is really a very nice recipe and easy to make too.
Ingredients
Rice-                                        1 ¼ cups
Toor dhal-                                 ½ cup
Chenna dhal                             – ¼ cup
Tamarind-                                a small lemon size
Turmeric powder                      – ½ tsp.
Curry leaves –                           2 stems
Coconut oil –/ Ghee                  2 tbsp.
Salt                                      – to taste
 Vegetables
 Chopped Carrot-                     1 no
 Chopped Potato                   -1 no
 Chopped Beans-                  ¼ cup
 Chopped Pumpkin                 - 1 cup
 Chopped Sweet potato           – ¼ cup
Green Peas or chickpeas           -1 handful
Green chillies                         - 4no (slit)
Coriander leaves                    -little
 Chopped Tomato-                     1 no
Curry leaf                               -little
Masala to grind
 Dry Coconut                         – 2 tbsp.
Red chillies                           -4 no
Coriander seeds                    -3 tablespoons
Pepper                                  -1 teaspoon
Bengal gram                         -1 tablespoon
Khus Khus                              - 2 tsp
Curry leaf                                  -little
Fenugreek seeds                      -1/2 teaspoon
Asafetida                                -a small piece (if powder is used add while seasoning)
To seasoning
Mustard seeds                          -1 teaspoon
Red chillies                             -4 no
Asafetida                                -a pinch
Curry leaves                          – 1 stem
Cashew nuts                         – 1 tbsp.
Cinnamon                                -2 pieces
Clove                                     2

 Method:
  • Soak the rice and dals for 15 minutes in water. Cook rice & dal, turmeric with  little extra water in pressure cooker for 4 to 6 whistles.. Smash the rice well. Keep aside.
  • Dry roast all the items .Add fenugreek at last as it will get roasted fast. Powder the roasted items. Keep aside.
  •  Cook the vegetables (except tomato) in microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in pan; add vegetables and shallow fry the vegetables for one minute. Add chopped tomatoes and ground Sāmbhar powder in it. Fry for 2 minutes.
  •  Now Take 2 cups of tamarind extract and add to the mixture. Add salt, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice mixture in it. Mix it very well. Add coconut/Ghee in it.
  • Mix well and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat the ghee in a pan, add all seasonings and fry well and add to the Kathambha satham.
  • Serve when it is hot with chips or potato fry or Vadams.
TIPS:  
  •  You can  use Rice cooker also.  If you are using rice cooker, when the rice gets cooked add all cooked vegetables, tamarind water, sambhar powder, salt, ghee into the rice cooker. Cook it for another 10 - 15 minutes.The rice should be watery. 
  • If you making for Prasadam, please avoid cinnamon sticks.
  •  Instead of making  fresh Masala powder,You can use sambhar powder .
Kadambha Satham



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