Sambar is a delicious thick lentil soup that is nutritious and healthy. Vegetables like drumsticks, tomatoes are used along with fresh spice powder. It can be served with rice idli, vada, dosa etc.
- 12 to 15 shallots (or small onions) or 1 medium onion sliced.
- 1 to 2 vegetable drumsticks
- 2 to 3 Ladies finger
- 3 to 5 Beans
- 1 medium size carrot 🥕
- 1 medium-sized cucumber🥒
- 1 green chili slit
- 1 medium tomato chopped🍅
- ¾ cup Toor dal
- 2 tbsp tamarind paste
- ¼ cup Coriander leaves – chopped
- salt as needed
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
tempering or tadka for sambar recipe
- 2 tsp ghee
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- 1 Pinch fenugreek seeds
- 2 pinches asafoetida or hing
- 1 dry Red chili broken
Pour 2 cups water & pressure cook the toor dal on a medium heat for 2 to 4 whistles.
Wash and Chop all the veggies to 2 inch pieces.
3. Saute all the veggies in a tsp of oil or ghee until the flavor comes – for 3 to 5 mins. If using brinjal then saute it first for 3 to 4 mins to bring out flavor.
4.Pour 2 cups of water to a pot,and Cook the vegetables on a medium flame until soft.
5.Add water in a separate bowl & soak tamarind in it.
6.When the pressure goes off, mash the dal to smooth.
7.When the vegetables are completely cooked, add sambhar powder, turmeric & salt. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
8.Pour the tamarind pulp, filter if you desire.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or idly🍛
Meanwhile, heat another pan with ghee.
Add mustard & cumin.When they begin to sizzle, add curry leaves, dry red chili. When the leaves turn crisp, off the heat add hing.
Quickly pour this seasoning to the sambar. Stir well. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes for the sambar to become flavorful.
Happy cooking with liba👩🍳