Sambar recipe, additionally spelled sambhar or sambaar, is a lentil-based vegetable stew or soup well-done with a tamarind broth with addition of varied vegetables, originating from Tamil Nadu, India. It's an ideal accompaniment to Idili, Dosa, Uttapam, Wada and rice.
Servings: 4 People
- 1 cup split pigeon peas (अरहर / तूअर दाल)
- 1 piece brinjal (बैंगन) small in size (Optional)
- 1 piece potato (आलू)
- 1 piece onion (प्याज)
- 1 piece tomato (टमाटर)
- 1 piece drumstick (सहजन)
- 1 tablespoon sambhar masala powder (सांभर मसाला पाउडर)
- 1/4 tablespoon turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
- 1 tablespoon oil (तेल) for tempering
- 1 or 2 red chilies (लाल मिर्च)
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds (सरसों)
- 1/4 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (मेथी)
- 4-5 pieces curry leaves (करी पत्ते)
- 1 tablespoon tamarind (इमली) soaked in warm water
- salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)
- Wash the dal and boil it in the cooker with the turmeric powder, salt and a little oil.
- Cut all the vegetables into small pieces and chop the onion into medium sized pieces.
- In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds and Fenugreek seeds.
- When they splutter, add all the vegetables, red chilies, leaves and Sambhar Masala.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- In the meantime beat the cooked dal properly and evenly.
- Now add the cooked dal (you may add some water if the dal is too thick).
- Strain the water in which the tamarind is soaked.
- Boil the Sambhar for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve hot with Dosa or Boiled Rice.