What is Sambar
Pigeon pea lentils, tamarind, and a special spice mixture known as sambar powder are used to make the South Indian dish sambar, a lentil and vegetable stew. It is a common meal in South Indian households and is adored by a lot of people.
A basic sambar recipe will include lentils, tamarind, sambar powder, and a few spices in addition to a mixture of one or two other types of vegetables. This can be used for various vegetables according to your favour.
Good sambar is always produced by using high-quality sambar powder. Therefore, try to use a decent aromatic sambar powder when making it.
Being comprised of both lentils and veggies, it is both healthy and nutrient-dense, being high in protein as well as other components including vitamins and minerals. Sambar makes a complete meal when it is eaten with rice or idli.
Idli, Dosa, Medu Vada, Steamed Rice, and other common South Indian breakfast and lunch dishes, like Idli, must be served with sambar, a hot and spicy lentil soup with mixed vegetables. Due to different dialects, it is known as Sambaru in Karnataka, Kuzhambu in Tamilnadu, and Sambhar in North India, but its preparation is the same.
Sambar powder is a savoury, coarse-textured spice blend that is traditionally used in South Indian cuisine. It is made by grinding a variety of fundamental Indian spices, including coriander, cumin, mustard, black pepper, dry red chillies, fenugreek, cinnamon, and dried coconut.
- 100 g Toor dal
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 1/2 tsp Mustard
- 1/4 tsp Fenugreek
- 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
- Curry leaves
- Shallots 10 or onion 2
- 1 Green chilli
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Drumstick
- 2 Brinjal
- 1/2 Carrot
- Turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp Sambar powder
- Tamarind juice
- Coriander leaves
- Take a pot and add toor dal and wash it.
- Then add water as cover the toor dal and add garlic cloves.
- Cook them.
- Then take another pot and add oil.
- Add mustard, cumin seeds, fenugreek and curry leaves.
- Then add sallots or onion, and green chilies.
- Saute well.
- Then add tomato and saute well.
- Now add drumstick, brinjal, and carrot.
- Add salt, turmeric powder and mix well.
- Then add sambar powder and saute well.
- Add water, cover and cook well around 10 mins.
- Now add tamarind juice and boil for 5 minutes.
- Mash cooked toor dal and addto the sambar and mix well.
- Add salt according to taste and boil for 5 minutes.
- Then add coriander leaves and mix well.
- Now sambar is ready.