Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Easy Fast Simple Tasty Sambar

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It was Saturday morning and I was really bored of spending time in the kitchen.Then,a thought struck me of making a special brunch.What better brunch than a south Indian tiffin like hot ven pongal(check my older post for the recipe) and sambar!!! The sambar I came up with is a so simple,bland and tasty.A sambar,which needs no sambar powder!!yes,true:)))


1) Thoor dhall - 1/2 cup
2) Tomato roughly chopped- 1 big
3) Onion roughly chopped- 1 big
4) Green chilly - 1
5) Tamarind extract - 2tsp
6) Turmeric powder - 1tsp
7) Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tblsp
8) Salt to taste
9) Curry leaves - few
10) For tempering:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2tsp
Hing - little
Red chilly - 1 or 2
Oil - 1tblsp
11) Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

In a pressure cooker,heat oil and saute the tempering items until the mustard seeds starts to crackle and fenugreek seeds starts to let out some great aroma.Then go ahead add the onions and green chilly,fry till translucent.Add the tomatoes and fry for a minute or two.Then goes in the thoor dhall and fry the dhall too with the others.Pour enough water,add the tamarind extract/water,turmeric powder,coriander powder,salt and curry leaves.Now,close the lid and cook it for at least 4 to 5 whistles(adjust and cook according to your cooker, so that the dhall gets cooked).Carefully remove the lid,with the help of the ladle,lightly mash the dhall and garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.

That's it...hot sambar is ready!! It tastes soooo good with the ven pogal.Also can be served with idli or dosa.

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