Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Vendakka Sambar

The other day I had some cooked toor dal in the refrigerator and with this I made sambar in about 10 minutes. Here goes the recipe

Toor dal - 50 grams
Tamarind - one lemon size ball
Ladies finger - 50 grams
Onions - 50 grams
Tomatoes - 25 grams
Sambar powder - 10 grams
Turmeric powder and Salt to taste.

For Tempering:
Oil – 10 grams
Mustard – 10 grams
Cumin seeds - 5 grams
Curry leaves – few
Red chillies - 1 no


  • Pressure cook the toor dal until soft and mushy. I usually pressure cook toor dal and store it in refrigerator so that I can quickly make some curries.
  • Chop the ladies finger, onions and tomatoes.
  • Microwave the chopped vegetables for about 3 minutes. Add salt and sprinkle little water while microwaving.
  • In a kadai, pour oil and add mustard. When mustard splutters add Cumin seeds, Curry leaves, Red chillies. Fry for about a minute.
  • Add the tamarind paste,  turmeric powder and salt. Let the mixture cook for about 2 minutes until the raw smell of the tamarind goes off.
  • Mash the toor dal with the back of a ladle and add this to the tamarind paste.
  • Also add the cooked vegetables and mix well.
  • Let the sambar boil. 

Instant sambar is ready!!! Serve hot with rice...

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