Sambar is a South Indian Dal and vegetable stew made with lentils, tamarind and a unique spice blend called sambar powder (made at home too). A basic sambar recipe will have a mix or one or two types of vegetables along with lentils, tamarind, sambar powder and a few spices.
A Tip: Vegetables can be added or subtracted according to availability. You may also put vegetables of your own choice. Quantities will depend accordingly.
- Arhar Dal- 250g
- Onion- 1 big (cut longitudinal)
- Brinjal- 1 small
- Cauliflower- 2 small cloves
- Carrots- ½
- Raddish- 1 small
- Drumsticks- 2
- Pumpkin- 1 small piece
- Tomatoes- 4
- Tamarind- 8-10g (Boil and remove pulp)-
- Sambhar Masala- 1-1.5 tbs
- Mustard Seeds- 1/4th
- Curry Leaves- 20-25
- Red Whole Chillies- 2
- Oil- 8 tbsp
- Wash and boil dal, and keep aside (15-20 mins boiling time).
- Heal oil in a frying pan and add to it red whole chillies and mustard seeds.
- Once the chillies and seeds release oil, add onion to the pan.
- Wait till the onion browns after which, you may add the remaining veggies (except tomatoes).
- Once the veggies are putrefied, add finely chopped tomatoes to the mix.
- Fry the mix and add salt and sambar masala to the ingredients
- Stir the ingredients till they look dry roasted, and add to the dal
- Now to the dal and veggies mix, add tamarind pulp with some water if needed. Keep boiling till it reaches required consistency. Sambar Dal is now ready to be relished.