February 29, 2008

Simple Sambhar

This particular Sambhar recipe has been handed down through my family for generations. Same taste reminds me of my granny who make this whenever she made idlis and dosas.


1/2 cup toor dal
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 pinch asafetida
1/2 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
1/2 cup vegetable (potatoes, beens, pumpkin, doodhi or any other)
1 cup water
3-4 curry leaves
2 tsp tamarind paste
jaggery (equvivalent to tamarind paste)
1 tbsp oil


1.cook dal in pressure cooker.
2.heat oil in a vessel, add mustard seeds. when they splutter, add curry leaves, asafetida
3.add vegetable of your choice and saute till they are cooked.
4.add cooked dal to it and let it boil.
5.add red chilli powder, garam masala, tamarind paste and jaggery.
6.add salt and water let it boil for another 5 mins.
7.garnish it with coriander leaves.

serve hot with rice or idlis