Saturday, 10 May 2014

Simple Drumstick Sambar

Sambar is a popular south Indian recipe, made with toor dal and vegetables. You can include vegetables like drumsticks, radish, carrot,  turnips etc. My choice is always drumstick for sambar that gives you more flavor and tastes more than the other vegetables. This lentil gravy often finds its place in my table as side dish for idli, dosa, vada, plain rice. And also I use home made Sambar pwd , the home made stuffs always tastes much better. In south India there are variations to sambar recipe, here is the method i prepare.

Ingredients for Simple Drumstick Sambar:

Toor dal - 1 small cup
Drum stick - 2, cut in 3 inch size
Onion -1 cut in lengthwise
Tomato - 1, chopped
Sambar pwd - 1 to 1-1/2tsp
Tamarind pulp - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
For Tempering :
Oil - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Mustard Seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - less than 1/4 tsp (optional)
Garlic cloves - 4no cut in lengthwise
Red chillies - 2no
Curry Leaves- 1stem

To prepare Simple Drumstick Sambar :

1.Wash and pressure cook toor dhal, drumstick ,onion, tomato, turmeric, Sambar pwd with 2 cups of water till toor dhal becomes soft and cooked.
2. Heat oil in a deep pan, add fenugreek, cumin and mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Next add red chillies, garlic cloves and fry till it turns golden brown colour. Add curry leaves
3. For this tempering add tamarind pulp, cooked dhal and salt with 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Serve it with hot rice or serve as side dish for idli, dosa, vada

Tips / Notes:

·        You can also pressure cook dhal and vegetables separately.
·        The tempering can be added finally for sambar or else start with it.

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