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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sambar With Shallots

Sambar is an South Indian Lentil delicacy. Sambar/Sambhar/Sambaaru is an perfect side dish with steaming hot Idli/Dosa/Vada. Each south Indian state has its own recipe for sambar. Shallots enhance the flavour of this lentil based stew. Shallot is a relative of the onion, and tastes bit like an onion with sweet and mild flavours. Shallots are a rich source of vitamin A, B and E, they are low in fat. Shallots are a good source of potassium which is important for maintenance of stable blood pressure and they are low in sodium. When sweet and mild flavour of shallot mix up with tangy tamarind along with nutty and easily digestable tuvar dal with aromatic seasoning the result is dainty. Here comes a very easy and most often prepared sambar recipe from my kitchen.

Sambar

This Sambar is going to participate in My Legume Love Affair - Ninth Helping hosted by Laurie of Mediterranean Cooking In Alaska. This nutritious event is started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook. This sambar is also going to participate in FIL-Tomato by Sanghi of Sanghi's Food Delights! and also to Lentils Mela by Ashwini of Ashwini's Spicy Cuisine.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Tuvar Dal/Red gram/ Kandi pappu
  • 2 Tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 5-6 Shallots/baby Onions, peeled
  • 2 Green chillis, slit length-wise and deseeded
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind extract *
  • 2 tbsp Sambar powder *
  • 1 tbsp fresh Coconut pieces
  • 1 tbsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt

Sambar

TEMPERING/TADKA/POPPU:

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 6-9 Curry leaves
  • 1 dry Red chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida/Hing/Inguva
  • Oil

Sambar

PREPERATION:
  • Wash and pressure cook toovar dal with a drop of oil. When dal gets cooked mash with wooden smasher and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai or heavy bottom vessel and add the ingredients listed under 'tempering' one by one. Once they change color add chopped tomatoes, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, green chillis.
  • Cook till tomatoes are soft and add tamarind extract. Now add shallots, cover and cook till they are soft. Now add mashed dal, sambar powder, coconut pieces and water. Cook till you get the desired consistency.
  • Last but not least add your 'love' to make the dish 'YUMMY'.

NOTE: Wash and soak lemon sized tamarind ball in luke warm water to get extract. I used MTR brand Sambar powder.

45 comments:

Sanghi said...

Mmm.. delicious sambar. Good one Lubna..! Send entries which constitute tomatoes as the main ingredient da. Anyway wil count this too.. Keep it up :))

Dershana said...

I love small onion sambhar!

Sonal said...

hi lubna,
i started preparing rasam at home with your recipe , which is now a must have in my family.... and now sambar :).
great going..
Sonal

Zee said...

Sambar yummmmm...easy to make tasty to devour...I can slurp a bowl just like that..:)

Chitra said...

wow,,that looks great lubna..i love to try different sambhars as sidedish for idly/dosa.will try with MTR pwd and let u know:)nice post for the event dear..

homecooked said...

Wow...the sambhar looks really yummy! Love the colour of the sambhar.

rekhas kitchen said...

hummm sambar looks so yum all time fav.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Chinna Vengayam Sambhar is one of my favourites.

Priya said...

I love sambar much, its a real comfort food na, with papads its really a divine..

Madhumathi said...

Sambar is looking nice :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely sambar...delicious

Varunavi said...

Yummy sambar.goes well with hot idlies.I make this only when i do idlies.

Fitri said...

I never try Sambar, but yours look so yummy..

Asha said...

Don't do this to me KF, I am on Rasam only diet today. That sambhar looks delicious! :)

Ashwini said...

COmfort food..perfect with hot rice and papad on side..:-)

Ushanandini said...

vengayam sambar ......yummy! Nice color! Looks ready for idlis!!

pooja said...

Sambar with shallots...wow it tastes great.....Looking lovely lubna..

Malar Gandhi said...

Love lots of onions in my sambar too. Shallots make it perfect, right.

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely sambar Lubna...shallots add a nice flavor to it...Nice pics.

Cham said...

Great for idlis or dosa! Delicous looking sambar

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..pls don tempt me with that Sambar again..You know am a lazy bum..:D
Cocnut pieces is a new addition to me Lubna..cant stop drooling..:)

srikars kitchen said...

Delicious sambar.. looks yummy.. nice sambar..

Poornima Nair said...

Good one Lubna...shallots always give Sambar an amazing flovour.

Food said...

mmmy i love sambhar. never tried it with shallots. i guess th might make it slightly sweeter? u shud be local luba coz ur recipes tempt me :D:D

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

perfect dish for the event...looks nice and love the color of sambar.

VG said...

I love sambar especially with dosai and coconut chutney! Finger licking good.

Priti said...

Ummm gud one..samhar looks delicious

Natashya said...

Your dishes are always so healthy and delicious looking!

vidhas said...

Lovley sambhar. Feel like having with rice or dosa. Thanks for dropping in Janani's blog, she felt great.

Preety said...

hey one dish in so many events..good one dear

Arfi Binsted said...

sambar... my mind drops to 'sambal' in Indonesian which means hot chili paste. but of course, they are different things hehehehe...

Cynthia said...

Totally satisfying I imagine.

DEESHA said...

This one is an all time fave . looks delicious

Swapna Pravin said...

Sambar is my all time comfort food. Nice dish to include our fav vegetables & cook :)

Ramya Bala said...

My favorite sambhar...Superb post

meeso said...

Yum, I like your version... Looks great!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

this would be so, so, good with some good naan. thanks for the recipe!

Trupti said...

love any type of sambar..sambar looks very delicious

Gita's Kitchen said...

I love shallots sambar, lovely color Lubna...

Varunavi said...

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notyet100 said...

lovely recipe,..new for me,.:-)wishu happy womens international day,..:-)

Lavi said...

I always use Shallots in sambhar..I love using MTR sambhar powder..its a unique taste!

Nazarina A said...

The color and the ingredients of your sambar are so scrumptious looking!!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Thank you Sanghi, Dershana, Sonal, Zee, Chitra, Homecooked, Rekha, Lakshmi, Priya, Madhumati, Shama, Varunavi, Fitri, Asha, Ashwini, Usha, Pooja, Malar, Deepa, Cham, Varsha, Srikar, Poornima, Food, Mahimaa, VG, Priti, Nataysha, Vidhas, Priti, Arfi, Cynthia, Deesha, Swapna, Ramya, Meeso, Sophia, Trupti, Gita, Priyanka, Lavi and Nazarina.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Iam on my way dear Varunavi.

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