Monday, January 26, 2009

Quick Sambar

I make Sambar a real complicated way. My mom in law taught me a simple 10 min sambar which tastes equally yummy.Here goes the recipe:
Ingredients:(Serves 4)
  • 1.5 cups Tur dal
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • Vegetables for sambar( You can put any vegetable you like potatoes,onions, green pepper/shimla mirchi,beans,carrots, radish,okra/bhindi)
  • Sambar powder(I use MTR)-3 spoon fuls
  • Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
  • 2 spoons thick tamarind extract/concentrate
  • Curry leaves( 2 strands)

For seasoning:

  • Methi seeds
  • Rye
  • 2 tea spoon oil


  • Soak the tur dal in water till we prepare the rest if the sambar.This makes it easier to cook.
  • Cut the vegetables into big blocks of one inch. If it is radish/mooli cut it circular. Radish in sambar tastes wonderful so I always have radish.But you can add any of the above veggies.Cut approx 3 cups of veggies.
  • In a pressure cooker add chopped tomatoes.You can chop them in larger chunks.
  • Strain and add the Tur dal.Add the tamarind extract
  • Add the cut veggies and add 3 cups water.
  • Put the sambar powder,red chilli and salt to taste.
  • Prepare the seasoning in a small kadai/vessel.Heat 2 spoons oil in a small kadai. Add the methi seeds and rye .Once the rye starts popping. Remove from flame and add the seasoning to the mixture in the cooker.
  • Add curry leaves if available.
  • Pressure cook till 3 whistles.
  • Remove and serve hot with dosas or rice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great little recipe.!!! I was looking for a quick easy and yummy sambhar recipe and then I found your website. I just made some dosas and your sambhar would go perfectly. I am just getting ready to post my recipes for my dosa and I will be mentioning your website as a great place to come and visit for a delicious 10 minute samhar. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take Care, Bam