Sambar has been a favorite at home and comes handy as we can make with almost any available vegetables. Its pretty adaptable. Yesterday I got some fresh drumsticks from the market and decided to use them for Sambar.
I make my recipes in manner such that its convenient ,fast and time saver specially during the early hours when Kids need to rush to school .
Since the sight of tomatoes , brinjal in the sambar does not really excite my kids, I came up with the idea to grind them with Dal , tamarind . I realized grinding the dal gives a rich consistency to the sambar and to add to my style of keeping cooking precise, it makes my job easier as well.
Yield: 4 Person Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes
Tuvar Dal – 3/4 cup
Tamarind – 1 gooseberry size
Brinjal – 2 small (optional)
Tomato – 1 small
Onion – 1 ( chopped)
Drumstick – 1
For Tempering :
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida – pinch
Curry leaves – 5
Coriander leaves – to garnish
1. Add the Tuvar dal to a cooker container with 1 cup water, brinjal ( optional), tomato and tamarind to it. Cook it till Dal is done( generally takes 10 min)
2. Cool the cooked dal to room temperature and grind to paste.
3. In a wok, take 1 tsp oil, add mustard seeds.
4. When the mustard seeds start to splutter, add fenugreek seeds, asafoetida ,curry leaves , onions. Cook till onion becomes translucent.
5. In another pan, add 2 cups of water , salt ( approx 1/2 tsp) , Sambar powder, turmeric powder , drumstick and boil for 10 minutes
6. Now add the dal paste to it along with salt to taste ( remember we already added some salt to the boiling water)
7. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from fire and Garnish with coriander leaves.
8. Serve hot with Rice/ Idli/Dosa/Pongal
- Since my kids leave to school early morning, I pre-cook the Tuvar dal paste and store in the refrigerator the previous night.
- I use home made sambar masala . Check the link