Sambar - Kerala Style

Red Lentils or Toor Dal - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Onion chopped - 1
Garlic - 3 cloves(optional)
Green chili - 2-3
Vegetables chopped - 2 cup( any veg of your choice, i prefer carrot , potato , beans , ashgourd , drumstick,tindora and zucchini)
Tomato - 1
Tamarind pulp - 1/2 tablespoon
Sambar powder - 2 table spoon ( Sakti prefered )
Hing - a large pinch
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds
Dried red chili  - 2
Soak lentils for sometime in water , drain and pressure cook with just enough water , salt and a pinch of turmeric. Remove the cooked lentils and clean the cooker.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in the cooker and saute onion , garlic and green chilies for a couple of minutes.
Add diced vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes, followed by tomato.
Dissolve tamarind pulp in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of warm water and mix with Sambar powder  
Add this along with cooked lentils to the cooker , just enough water and pressure cook for 2 whistles
Uncover when cooled , simmer again for a couple of minutes , add a pinch or two of hing and chopped cilantro.
Tempering:-Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.When it starts to splutter add red chilies and curry leaves.Pour it over the sambar.Serve it with Idli or Rice

Happy Cooking


Rani said...

Sambar looks delicious dear..
easy recipe..

Pooja said...

Looks delicious! Idli with sambar is always so comforting!

Sanghi said...

Ooooo yummmy@!

MR said...

looks like a scrumptious sambar

Nisha said...

This is my favourite dish with idly. Idly sambar is my most favourite breakfast item! it makes my mouth to water....your sambar looks like traditional kerala sambar.

Anonymous said...

When shoud I add the cooked lentils?

Sarah Naveen said...

That was a typo!. I have corrected it ...

Anonymous said...

Thnx 4 ur reply

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