|Chef:||Chef Ambrika - Sambar|
Sambaar is one of the most loved dishes in South Indian cuisine. It is a vegetable stew based on a broth made with tamarind and lentils. Quantity: 4 servings Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 lime sized ball Tamarind 1.5 cups Toor Dal (or red lentils) 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder 5 teaspoons oil Salt to taste 5 small dry red chilies (optional) A few Curry Leaves 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 tsp asafoetida (optional) 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 4 large tomatoes 4 tablespoons sambar powder (that you can purchase from Indian store) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves (also known as coriander leaves) Vegetables of your choice – Green peppers Ingredients for Sambaar Powder Coriander seeds - 1 table spoon Chana dal - 1 tea spoon Urad dal -1/2 tea spoon Cumin seeds - 1 tea spoon Asafetida - 1/4 tea spoon Red chillis - 2 to 4, according to taste Black pepper - 1/4 tea spoon Mustard seeds - 1/4 tea spoon Methi(fenugreek) seeds - 1/4 tea spoon Roast the sambar powder ingredients on low flame. Grind to fine powder. Cooking Instructions Before we begin pre soak the tamarind in warm water for 15 minutes to get pulp using 1 cup of water. Cook Toor dal in 4 cups of water till it is soft. In a deep pan, heat the oil. Add mustard, when they stop crackling, add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder, curry leaves. Add green peppers and fry them a little followed by the tomatoes and stir for a few minutes. Add 1 cup water and cook till the vegetables are tender. Add ground sambar powder and bring to a boil. Mash the cooked dal. Add to the mixture. Boil for 5 minutes. Add the tamarind pulp and salt to taste. Stir and add more water if needed. Boil for about 5 minutes. Add chopped coriander leaves and serve.