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Sambar Recipe

Mealsumm
21-Apr-2023

Sambar Recipe

Hot sambar is a delicious and flavorful accompaniment to soft idli and crispy dosa. Sambar is a lentil-based stew that is typically made with a variety of vegetables and a mix of aromatic spices, giving it a complex and satisfying flavour. The spiciness of the sambar is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the vegetables and the tanginess of the tamarind, creating a flavour profile that is both bold and harmonious.  When paired with soft idli, the sambar provides a rich and satisfying contrast to the mild and subtle flavours of the idli. The soft texture of the idli also absorbs the flavours of the sambar, making it even more delicious.  Similarly, when paired with crispy dosa, the sambar's flavours and textures are further enhanced by the crispy and airy texture of the dosa. The crispy and tangy dosa complements the thick and hearty sambar, providing a delightful mix of textures and flavours in each bite.

Overall, the combination of hot sambar with soft idli and crispy dosa is a classic and delicious meal that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. The flavours and textures of the sambar, idli, and dosa complement each other perfectly, creating a meal that is both comforting and nourishing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 1 drumstick, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed vegetables of your choice (such as beans, cauliflower, okra, eggplant, etc.)
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sambar powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves for garnish

 Instructions:

  1. Wash the toor dal and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water and add the dal to a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water, turmeric powder, and a pinch of salt. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles, or until the dal is cooked and soft. Set aside.
  2. In a separate pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and fenugreek seeds. When the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions and green chillies. Fry until the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry until they turn soft and mushy.
  4. Add the chopped vegetables, sambar powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and fry for a few minutes.
  5. Add 2-3 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked.
  6. Add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Mash the cooked toor dal and add it to the sambar. Mix well and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the sambar thickens.
  8. Finally, add a pinch of asafoetida and curry leaves. Mix well and turn off the heat.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice, idli, or dosa.

Enjoy your delicious vegetable sambar!

Mealsumm Sambar mix is a perfect solution for busy people who want to enjoy the delicious flavours of homemade Sambar but do not have the time or expertise to prepare it from scratch. The fact that it contains all the necessary ingredients, including toor dal, vegetables, spices, and garnishing, makes it a convenient and easy way to prepare a tasty and authentic South Indian sambar in no time.  Add 600 ml of water to a pack of Mealsumm Sambar mix and boil for 2-3 minutes and the delicious sambar is ready to serve.  Alternatively, you may add cooked vegetables to the mix and boil for a few minutes.

It's always good to have options for enjoying homemade food even when you don't have the time or knowledge to cook from scratch. Mealsumm Sambar mix seems like a perfect solution for those who want to experience the taste of homemade sambar without the hassle of cooking.

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