February 23, 2011

Sambar( kerala style)

Toor dal -1/2 cup
Vegetables(drum sticks,potato,brinjal)
      You can add any vegetables you like. - 2-3 cups
Onion(sliced)- 1 
Turmeric powder-¾ tspn
Tamarind - ½ lemon size (soaked in one cup water) to make pulp
Mustard seeds-1 tspn
Red chillies(broken into pieces)-2 nos
Asafoetida powder-a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil as required
Water as required
A few curry leaves
A few coriander leaves
For masala
Channa dal-1 tblspn
Urad dal-2 tspn
Fenugreek seeds-½ tspn
Asafoetida powder-¼ tspn
Jeera-1 tspn
Grated Coconut -3 tblspn
Red chillies-6-7 nos
Coriander seeds- 1 tblspn
1.Heat 1 tspn oil in a pan.Add channa dal,urad dal,fenugreek seeds and asafetida powder.stir it for a while.Add the grated coconut and red chillies. Roast till it turns into golden brown and add coriander seeds and jeera. Stir for 2-3 mins.Cool this and grind it into a fine paste with little water.Keep it aside.
2.Cook the dal in pressure cooker along with salt, ¼ tspn turmeric powder and ½ tspn oil.
3.In a deep pan boil all the vegetables,onions and tomatoes along with salt,½ tspn turmeric powder about 10 mins.
4.Mix the cooked dal to it
5.Add the tamarind pulp and then add coconut masala(which kept early aside).
6.Add salt and water if needed.
7.Add the coriander leaves and boil for 5-10 mins.
8.Heat 2 tspn oil in a small pan.
9.Add mustard seeds.After seeds splutter add red chillies and curry leaves .
10.Add a pinch of asafoetida powder to this.
11.Pour this mixture over the cooked sambar.

Serve with Rice,Idli,dosa and pongal.


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