1/2 CUP Toor dal (Split pigeon peas)
2 tablespoons Tamarind paste
1 tablespoon MTR Sambar powder ( available in indian grocery store). Most south 1/2 CUP Medium sized diced Vegetable ( one of it) of your choice (Onion (you can slice it) ,gre
1 tablespoon fresh shredded coconut
6 Fresh curry leaves. The fresh curry leaves a
1 teaspoon cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon Black mustard seeds (available in indian g
1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing). Please do not use more than a pinch, it can overpower the 1/4 teaspoon tumeric powder
to taste


Wash the pigeon peas in water like you would wash rice. Put the pigeon peas in the pressure cooker with 1 cup water (for 1/2 cup of the peas), a pinch of salt and tumeric powder. Close the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Switch off the flame and set aside. You can boil the lentils on a stove top with 2 measures water until soft.
Heat 1 TBSP oil in a fry pan and stir-fry the veggie of your choice with a pinch of salt for ONLY 3-4 minutes. This method of preparing is used for onions, bell pepper and okra
Dissolve the tamarind paste in 1/2 cup of warm water and set aside.
In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, start by heating the tamarind water on a med-low flame. Add in the sambar powder, curry leaves and asafoetida. Bring to boil slowly and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the stir-fried veggies to the tamarind water.
Open the pressure cooker and mix the lentils with about 1/4 cup water to get a thick batter consistency. Add the cooked pigeon peas to the tamarind mixture while stirring continuously.
Add salt to taste, say about 3/4 tsp to begin with.
Add in the fresh coconut.
Bring to a boil on a med-low flame and simmer for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove
In a small fry pan, heat 1 tsp oil on a med-low flame. Add the mustard seeds and wait for it to start crackle. Once it starts crackling, switch off the flame and add to the sambar.
Garnish with cilantro leaves.




This is the original way in which sambar is being prepared in tamilnadu. It is served with steamed rice topped with some ghee (clarified butter).


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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 1:20am



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