Sāmbhar



Each state in the South prepares sambar with a typical variation, adapted to its taste and environment. Kerala Sambar is different from the typical Sambar made in the other South Indian states.  I made this sambhar without coconut. This is a simple recipe from my ‘Madappalli”. Enjoy

Ingredients
Tovar dhal                                      ½ - 3/4 cup
Tamarind                                        a small size
Turmeric powder                          ¼ Tsp.
Sambhar Powder                           2 Tbsp.
Red chili powder                           ¼ Tsp.
Asafetida powder                        ¼ Tsp. 
Salt                                               to Taste.   
Water                                          As required
Vegetables
 Chopped Okra                             4 No.
Carrot                                            1 No.(Cubed)
Tomatoes                                      2 No. (Chopped)
Silted Green Chilies                      3 No.
 Chopped Bell Pepper (Capsicum)  ¼ cup
Grated Ginger                                1 Tbsp.
Curry leaves                                  few

For Seasoning
Coconut Oil                                    2 Tbtsp.
Mustard seeds                              1    Tsp.
Broken Red chillies                        2 No.
Curry leaves                                   few

For Decoration
Coriander leaves                          few.

Method: 
  • Pressure cooks the dal with water & turmeric powder on high flame for 4 whistles. After that takeout from the cooker and mashed well and add enough water and blend it well.
  • Now add the all vegetables and salt and let it cook for few more minutes.
  • When the vegetables are half cooked add the tamarind water and let it cook till all vegetables are well cooked.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in another pan and add the sambar powder and Asafetida powder. Fry it for a minute; make sure that it doesn't get burnt. Add some water to the powder and make a thick paste,
  • Add this to the veggies and let it boil for 10 minutes in medium heat.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan, crackle the mustard seed, after that add all seasonings fry it.
  • Add this fried tempering into the cooking sambar. Remove from the fire.Decorate with coriander leaves.
  • Now Sāmbhar is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with steamy rice, idlis and dosas.

  See my  other Sambhar Recipes :