Sambar Recipe ( Without Coconut)

Sambar is prepared many different ways in Kerala,Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where it usually has one or two vegetables and the flavors are adjusted a bit according to the vegetable added. In this sambar I add brinjal, potatoes, drumsticks, onions or shallots, gherkins (tendli), red pumpkin, okra,tomato and sometimes capsicum too. This sambar can be served with rice, idli, and dosa and the amount of tamarind is adjusted to accordingly.

1/2 cup of Tur dal
1 small line size tamarind soaked in a cup of water
1 onion, sliced long
2 gherkins (tendli) sliced into 4
1 potato, cubed
1 tomato chopped into 4
1 drumstick, cut into 4" pieces
1 brinjal cut into 4 pieces
2 okras chopped into 2 pieces
3 red pumpkins chopped in large chunks
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
2 green chilies, slit
3 tablespoon sambar powder
1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped, for garnish

For tempering

1 tbsp oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon of hinge/asafoetida
A few curry leaves
4-5 shallots sliced


Cook the tur dal with water in a pressure cooker until it's soft and yet grainy.
Extract the juice from the tamarind and discard pulp and seeds. Cook the vegetables and green chillies in the tamarind water and 2 cups of water until soft. Add the sambar powder and the cooked toor dal. Bring to boil. If the sambar is too thick, add more water and bring to boil until the right consistency.
Heat the oil for tempering in a small pan. Add the mustard seed and when they splutter, add the rest of the ingredients. When the shallots turn golden brown, pour into the prepared sambar. Mix well and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. This can be had with rice, idli, dosa, uttapam etc. 

Labels: Vegetables, Lentils, South Indian, Main course, Vegan
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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