Sunday 12 January 2014

Vendhaya Jeeraga Sambar
This is an easy sambar recipe that requires no sambar powder, you can add any veggies you prefer or you can omit veggies too.

Any vegetable - 1 cup
Toor dal cooked - 1/2 cup
Onion small chopped - 1 no
Tomato small chopped - 1 no
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few
Tamarind extract - 1/4 cup
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp

Dry roast and grind together
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 2 pinches
Cumin and Methi Sambar
1. Heat oil in a pan, when hot add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add the chopped onions and curry leaves to pan, sauté until onions are soft.
2. Add chopped vegetable to pan( if preferred) and sauté for a minute.
3. Add chopped tomatoes to pan and sauté until soft and mushy.
4. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, tamarind extract and required salt, fry for a minute.
5. Add water to pan and bring to boil, cover pan with lid and cook on medium heat until vegetables are tender and raw taste of tamarind is gone.
6. Add cooked toor dal to the pan, mix well and add water if required.
7. Again bring the sambar to boil and add the roasted and ground cumin, fenugreek powder, mix well.
8. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Chettinad Sambar