Sambar is a very popular gravy, all across South India. It has a very good flavor and is very healthy too. Let us prepare thus yummy thing at our home.
The key ingredients are; Lentils, tamarind and vegetables. It is a great mix of health and taste! People in South India mostly prefer health food, with lesser calories and more energy
Let us see the preparation and do try at your home.
Ingredients for Sambar:
- Toor dal- 1/2 cup
- Deseeded tamarind
- Chopped vegetables (lauki, brinjal, lady finger, carrots, potato, onion, drumsticks)
- Ripe tomato- 1 medium sized
- Red chillies- 2
- Rai or black mustard- 1 teaspoon
- Curry leaves- 8-10
- Sambar powder- 1 tablespoon
- salt as per taste
- Turmeric powder- 2 teaspoon
- Water as per required
- Mustard oil- 1 tablespoon
So these were the ingredients. Now we will be moving to the steps and how to prepare it.
How to cook Sambar:
- Pressure cook toor dal for 1 whistle in a low flame.
- After that add all the chopped vegetables with 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoon of salt in same cooker.
- Pressure cook these for one more whistle in a low flame.
- At the same time soak some tamarind in a cup of water. Make sure that the tamarind should get enough pulpy.
- Now its time to fry the sambar.
- In a kadai, heat oil and add chillies, rai and curry leaves. Fry till the rai splitters.
- Add chopped tomato to it and fry till it gets little softer.
- Now add the pressure cooked ingredients; which is lentils and veggies.
- Also add tamarind pulp and water to it.
- Cover the lid and in a medium flame let it cook for about 5 minutes.
- After that add sambar powder, salt and turmeric powder to it.
- Again cook for more 5 minutes.
- Make the gravy as per your choice, thicker or thinner. Then turn off the flame.
Here you go with your delicious recipe. It tastes very well and you will surely like it.
You can serve it with any of the South Indian dish like Idli, dosa, upma, vada and also with plain rice.
Tips to keep in mind while preparing Sambar:
- If you are not looking to soak tamarind, you can also get market available tamarind paste.
- If you are cooking this for Idli or Dosa, keep it little thin.
- Cut the veggies in large pieces, otherwise it will get mashed and not look like South Indian type.
- Add tamarind as per your taste. Many people also likes to add sugar in it for a sweet taste.
- Drumstick and lauki is the main ingredient of Sambar, don’t miss it
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