Saturday, July 7, 2012

Kerala Sambar


Toor dal-1/4 cup
Drumsticks(Muringakkai) – 1 no(cut lenghthwise)
Lady`s finger(Vendakka) – 5-6 nos (cut in 2 inch length)
Potatoes(large) – 2 nos
(diced into big cubes)
Elephant yam(Cheana) – A medium sized piece (diced)
Brinjal(Vazhuthananga) – 1 no
Amarakka – 5 – 6 nos
(cut them in 2 inch length)
Vellarikka – 3 small pieces
Onion(large) – 1 no
(big thick slices)
Small onions(Cheriya ulli) – A handful (each cut into halves)
Tomato – 1 no
(More or less vegetables can be added according to ones liking)
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder-1/4tsp
Coarinder powder-1/2tsp
Salt – As reqd
Asafoetida(kayam)-small piece
Tamarind(Puli) juice -a lemon size


Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Dry red chillies(Kollamulaku) – 1 or 2 nos
Curry leaves – A few
fenugreek seeds-10 nos


In a frying pan add small quantity of coconut oil and add the ladies finger ,saute it well.Then add handful of small onion to it and when it become transparent add crushed garlic(1/2).Then add 1/4 chilly powder ,1/4 turmeric powder and 1/2tsp coriander powder .After that add 1 tomato (chopped) and curry leaves and close the pan with a lid and cook for 3 min..Keep that a side..
In a cooker add washed toor dal ,one small piece of asefotida ,half of the big onion (sliced) ,salt and water and pressure cook ..Mostly 2 whistle is enough.
After the pressure settles open the cooker and add all the vegetables and the masala mix ( onion – tomato mix).Now cook it again .One whistle is enough.After some time open the cooker.To that add tamarind juice ,2tsp of sambar powder and salt to taste …Let the sambar to boil for few minutes …If u want u can add coriander leaves d water according to ur consistency ..
Then heat a pan and add coconut oil ..Season with dry red chilly ,fenugreek seeds,mustard seeds and curry leaves..Pour this to the sambar and close it with a lid for few minutes …
Sambar is ready …Enjoy with rice, idly or dosa

If u want to make ulli sambar(small onion) use the same recipe avoiding the vegetables and by adding more amount of small onion……


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