Kerala Style Sambar

A lentil based vegetable stew cooked with spices and tamarind pulp. A South Indian delicacy. It tastes so good with dosa, idli and rice. This is my own evolved kinda sambar recipe with tips taken from my mom and my friends :)

Kerala Style SambarA lentil based vegetable stew cooked with spices and tamarind pulp. A South Indian delicacy. It tastes so good with dosa, idli and rice. This is my own evolved kinda sambar recipe with tips taken from my mom and my friends :)

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisinekerala
  • Yield5 servings 5 serving
  • Cooking Time45 minutesPT0H45M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time55 minutesPT0H55M

Ingredients

Pressure Cook
Toor dal
1/2 cup
Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
Water
1 cup
Salt
Saute
Small onion
10
Garlic (grinded)
1 tsp
Chilly powder
2 tsps
Coriander powder
2 tsps
Fenugreek powder
1/4 tsp
Asafoetida
1/4 tsp
Sambar powder
2 1/2 tsps
Potato
1
Carrot
1
Drumsticks
1
Brinjal(small)
2
Ladies finger
4
Tomato
1
Coriander leaves (a small handful bunch)
Tamarind
2 tsps
Tempering
Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp
Dried Red Chilly
3
Curry leaves
1 sprig

Steps

  1. Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup of water for around 15 minutes.
  2. Pressure cook Toor dal along with turmeric powder, salt and water. Cook it until dal is done. It might take around 3 whistles. ** Once it is cooked,I like to mash the dal using a wooden spoon. It's up to you whether to mash it up or not.
  3. Chop small onion. Cut the veggies. You can use veggies of your choice. I usually use drumsticks, potato, carrot, lady's finger, brinjal and tomato.
    Kerala Style Sambar
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Shallow fry lady's finger, adding some salt. Once it's done, keep it aside.
    Kerala Style Sambar
  5. Add small onion and garlic. Once it is sauteed well, add chilli powder, coriander powder, fenugreek powder, asafoetida, sambhar powder and turmeric powder.
    Kerala Style Sambar
  6. Then add the vegetables and salt. Saute veggies for around 10 - 15 minutes. Don't add water. Add 1 -2 tsps of oil. Stir it in between otherwise it can get burnt. *** Vegetables taste good when it's sauteed. Refer Notes section for further details on cooking vegetables.
    Kerala Style Sambar
  7. Add the sauteed veggies into the cooked dal. Add around 1 - 2 cups of water or as much as needed. Pressure cook up to 1 whistle. Veggies will be done by this time. Squeeze water out of tamarind. Add the tamarind water, chopped coriander leaves and fried lady's finger. Mix it up well. Adjust the salt.
  8. To temper - Heat oil in the pan. Splutter mustard seeds, then add dried red chilly and curry leaves. Add this to the sambar and mix well.
    Kerala Style Sambar
  9. Serve it with hot dosa or idli or rice :)
    Kerala Style Sambar

Notes

  • Vegetables taste good when it's sauteed. You can also saute the vegetables until it's cooked (avoid pressure cook), and mix it with cooked dal at the end. Though it takes time, it's tastier. I chose to pressure cook at the second leg to save time.