Sambar is prepared alsmost everyday in South Indian households. It tastes great with idli, dosa's , wada and rice. Cooked toor dal is cooked with spices and vegetables till it is smooth and aromatic.
Most of my south Indian friends make amazing sambar but each one is different in taste and flavor than the other. It can be made with vegetables of your choice and availability.I love making sambhar on a quite morning,adding the ingredients one by one and taking the aroma of all the spices in , cooking is sometimes a great technique of relaxation!
- Toor dal--1 cup (cooked in pressure cooker and mashed)
- Onions--1 (sliced lengthwise)
- Tomatoes--2 (small chopped)
- Brinjals(eggplant)--2 (small pieces)
- Drumsticks--2 (Cut and cooked )
- Carrots--1-2(cut and micro for 2-3 minutes)
- Curry leaves
- Chilli powde--1 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder--1/4 teaspoon
- Coriander seeds (dhania)-- 1 teaspoon
- Ginger -garlic--1 teaspoon
- Tamarind paste--1 tablespoon
- Asafoetida(hing)--1/4 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Oil--3 tablespoons
Take a pan and heat the oil at medium heat. Add mustard seeds and when they crackle add the curry leaves. Crush the ginger-garlic and coriander seeds and put them in the pan. Add turmeric powder, hing (asafetida) and toss in the onions and saute. Add the chilli powder, tomatoes and all the vegetables . Mix in the tamarind paste, and sambar powder and cook the mixture for 8-10 minutes on low flame till all the vegetables mix in with the spices. Now add the toor dal and some water. Cook for another 5 minutes to a smooth consistency and season with salt. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.