Sambar Rice - Quick dinner for cold winter nights

Sambar Rice Vazhayila -2

Apart from the darkness that creeps in the late afternoon with the early sunset , I love everything about december ; even the same darkness in the mornings that allows me to wallow in my bed for an extra hour or two. Its such a special time for people around the world right ; with festive colors , lights and music , everywhere you go! There's something magical about this holiday season , that lifts my spirits sky high ...
I still believe in Santa Claus , do you ? I believed him, and was singing like Marilyn Monroe - "Santa baby"- a hundred times with my own lines , and he came down the chimney a lil early for me this year !

 

Sambar rice ingredients-1

Hows holiday preparations coming along ? Baking goodies , packing and wrapping for friends and family ? I am yet to start my "small baking ritual ", since I m busy with lots n lots of good things that Santa brought me last couple of weeks ......................

Todays recipe is something I fell in love with recently! All thanks to my neighbor "U", for cooking the authentic Kannada Sambar rice for me a number of times , or I should say whenever I craved for it and made me fall in love !

What I have here today is a not-so-authentic , more of a cheat's ( oh yeah mine ) , version for a lazy cold winter night.....A perfect medley of rice , lentils and vegetables to keep you warm n cozy !

Sambar Rice Vazhayila -1

Recipe for Sambar Rice( Bisi Bele Bath) - Cheat's Version( A not-so-authentic one)
Serves - 4
Total cooking time - 45 minutes - 1 hr

Ingredients:-
Rice - 1 cup ( I used Sona masoori )
Red Lentils - 1 cup ( You can use any lentils u love)
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Tamarind pulp - 1 table spoon
Onion chopped - 1
Garlic crushed - 2-3 cloves(optional)
Ginger crushed - a small piece (optional)
Tomato chopped - 1
( 2 cups of vegetablesof your choice ,I used -)
Carrot chopped - 2
Green Beans - a handful
Potato - 1
Green Peas cooked - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Spice mix
Sambar Powder - 1 to 2 tablespoons ( use as per ur spice level , I prefer Shakti brand)
Grated coconut - 3 - 4 tablespoons
Curry leaves - 5-6
Cinnamon - a small stick
Cloves - 3-4
Cardamom - 3-4
Mace - 1
Dried red chili - 2
Fenugreek seeds - a pinch
Oil - 1 tea spoon
For tempering
Butter / Ghee- 2-3 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tea spoon( optional)
Grated coconut - 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves
Peanuts / cashew or anything you love - a handful
Hing - a pinch ( optional)
Cilantro - for garnishing

Method :-
Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes. Drain and cook well( almost mushy).Set aside.
( I used a rice cooker ; for 1 cup of rice 3- 3.5 cup of warm water)
Wash and rinse red lentils , soak for 15-20 minutes, drain and cook with turmeric , salt and enough water.Soak tamarind pulp in a cup of warm water.

Spice mix:- Heat a tea spoon of oil in a pan and fry grated coconut and curry leaves , when it starts turning the color add dried red chili and other whole spices and fry . Switch off the flame , add sambar powder and fry in that heat .Grind to a smooth powder in a coffee grinder.

Heat oil in a pressure cooker or a heavy bottomed pan and add onion and saute , followed by crushed ginger , and garlic. Add tomato , chopped vegetables except green peas, saute for a couple of minutes .
Add salt to taste, spice powder , soaked tamarind with water , cooked lentils and pressure cook for a single whistle or cook till the vegetables are tender. Uncover and add green peas and hing.

Slowly fold in cooked rice and combine well and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.( or take another pan mix rice and sambar as per your consistency and let heat through).
Make the tempering and pour over the rice. Serve warm with chopped cilantro and fried pappadums!

Happy Cooking !


Sarah

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Sobha Shyam said...

delicious and flavourful sambar rice, lovely clicks..perfect for the cold climate..

Soumya said...

Just what I want now.I am going to make it now itself .

Santosh Bangar said...

simple easy and delicious

Amber said...

Delicious rice.Yummy recipe.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

delicious hot sambhar rice for a winter weather,such a heavenly food,looks delicious and yummy dear,nice presentation....

Suja said...

Nice one..yummy

Poornima Nair said...

Ultimate south indian comfort food!!

Julie said...

Delicious one pot meal,yummy n perfect for chilled weathers!!
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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy one...Love the clicks..

Lyndsey said...

Mmmm...I can smell the wonderful aroma from this warm comforting dish. I think I can even make this!

Aarthi said...

sambar rice is my favorite..I love it hot right from the stove..Awesome clicks sarah..Papad and sambar rice is the best combo ever..

Shilpakiran said...

really yummy one .. for this winter this would go very well

Ganga Sreekanth said...

sarikkum kothipichu...........

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

My kind of meal... I can eat sambar rice all through the year though ;)

Reva said...

You can make even the most simple homely dish look divine ... very impressive Sarah..:))
Loved it..
Reva

Jaleela said...

Very delicious, lovely click sarah.
my fav dish ,very good recipe for lunch box,

Christy Gerald said...

Droolworthy Sambar Rice Dear.Luv ur version.Yummy!.

An Open Book said...

hmmm i wonder what santa brought you ;) ;)

An Open Book said...

hmmm i wonder what santa brought you ;) ;)

faseela said...

what a twist.....luks so delicious......

Roshni said...

beautiful presentation of an everyday fare

Shri said...

Delicious!

Angie's Recipes said...

Warming and simply mouthwatering!

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Luks yum, perfect for the season :)

Anzz said...

How can anyone make a simple sambar rice look so good? I am amazed. Great post..!
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Nisha said...

Never used garam masala in sambar , thats unique .

Prathima Rao said...

Nice, warming dinner recipe..;) Looks perfect & authentic to me !!
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anthony stemke said...

A beautiful fragrant supper here.
Thank You.
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Priya said...

Ultimate comforting food,love it everyday.

Ramya said...

hearty one pot meal:-) And even more lovely clicks and presentation:-)

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

I love dishes like this! It's not often that I find one that I have all in the ingredients, but I think I might be able to try this one. It looks delicious and so comforting for a cold day :)

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

very comforting and homely one pot meal

LifenSpice said...

It is a perfect comfort food for winter evenings as you say! Beautiful pictures

vineetha said...

This recipe for people like me ,who likes to cook one pot meal on lazy days..i have tasted this from a Kannada friend and loved it,I m going o try ur version one day...
Btw wish u a merry Christmas and happy new year...xx

Bindu said...

Delicious sambar rice.. mouthwatering..

Malli said...

Perfect comfort food for this type of weather:0)

zareena said...

Perfect lunch dear. Marvelous snaps too. Bookmarked this. Happy Christmas. What are you baking for Christmas.

Namitha said...

So are those gifts that is keeping you busy now :-)
This is what I would call a comfort meal :-)

Sarah Naveen said...

Namitha chechi...yes , yes , the ones you know about and some holiday hustle -bustle ;)..

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

HRIDAYAM NIRANJA XMAS, PUTHUVALSARA AASHAMSAKAL.................

Jitha Rajeev said...

In the cooler than usual B'lore weather, curled up in a sofa in front of TV,the bowl of steaming 'Sambar rice' made a wonderful lunch.Thank you lovely Sarah!!Love Your blogs!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

looks perfect for these cold winter days

Radhika said...

hai Dear,

my whole family's fav fud is rice-sambar..n u just gave a new twist to it..am gonna try it today..thnx dear..wil let u knw hw it came out.
luv ur blog..keep it up.
advanced new yr wishes.
-Radhika.

Zainab said...

Happy new year Sarah!!!! Love the fish!!! How beautiful ur pictures are!!!

Magical Homes said...

and am suddenly craving sambar rice... at 6 pm in the office :(

sowndari said...

Delicious food!!!
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