Sambar.

With this simple recipe, you can make a flavorful, substantial, and nutritious South Indian vegetable-lentil stew. Serve the sambar with South Indian snacks like idli, dosa, medu vada, and uttapam, or simply with rice for a hearty, healthy lunch.

 

Ingredients:

For tamarind pulp:-

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind
  • ⅓ cup hot water

 

For cooking dal:-

  • ½ cup tur dal or arhar dal 
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1.5 to 1.75 cups water

 

For cooking vegetables:

  • 1 to 1.5 cups chopped vegetables like okra, french beans, potatoes, small round brinjals, pumpkin
  • 1 to 2 drumsticks – scraped and chopped in 3 to 4 inches sticks.
  • 6 to 7 pearl onions
  • 1 tomato 
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • salt as required
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or add as required
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons Sambar Powder

 

For tempering:-

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil 
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 to 2 dry red chillies 
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 2 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 5 to 6 fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) – optional

For garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) – optional
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