Sunday, December 13, 2015

SOUTH INDIAN SAMBAR RECIPE - Without sambar powder


 Sambar is known to be the famous dish of South India, mainly Kerala. There are many versions in the preparation of Sambar and is different in different regions.  The choice of vegetables is based on personal likes and dislikes but it can be even prepared using a single vegetable. I am here sharing the recipe that tells you how to make tasty sambar without using ready-made sambar powder.


Onion                         - 1 , chopped
Tur dal/moong dal - half a cup ( i prefer less, can add a bit more)
Tomato                     - 1, chopped
Turmeric powder     - 1 tsp
Tamarind                 - a gooseberry sized  ball, soak in water
Chilly powder          - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder   - 1 tbsp

TO ROAST (roast till golden and once cooled grind to a fine paste)

Asafoetida               - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seed      - half tsp
Cumin seed            - half tsp
Urad dhal               - 1 tbsp
Coconut                  - half a cup
Garlic                     - 3 cloves
Oil                          - 1 tbsp

VEGETABLES ( u can add vegetables of your choice)

Bottle gourd            - half a cup, cubed
Carrot                     - 1 carrot, cubed
Beans                      - 8 nos, cut  2 inches, lengthwise
Lady's finger           - 5 nos, cut 1 inch lengthwise
Yam                         - cubed, as required
Drumstick                - cut lengthwise, as required


Mustard seeds          - half tsp
Dried red chilly        - 2 nos
Curry leaves


  • Cook chopped onion, moong dal, chopped tomato and turmeric powder along with half a cup water in the cooker until 1 whistle.
  • Meanwhile roast the ingredients given under for roasting with 1 tbsp of oil, until golden.  Once cooled grind it with required water to a fine paste. Keep it aside.
  • Now add the chopped vegetables to the cooker along with salt and required water. Let it cook with the lid open.
  • In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil and add coriander powder, chilly powder and fry it for 2 minutes on low flame. Pour it over the vegetables in the cooker and mix well.
  • After that add the tamarind water ( squeeze tamarind soaked in water and take the extract )to it. Cook for few minutes and then pour the roasted paste to it and cook until the vegetables done.
  • Heat oil in a wok and splutter mustard seeds. Fry dried chilly and curry leaves for a while.
  • Now pour the sambar into the wok and mix well for a minute. Switch off the flame.
  • Serve with hot rice, idly, dosa...
Please find below a video of simple snack using bread

1 comment:

ani321india said...

I am a food lover. Infact I also do travel blogging.
I found your recipe very useful and I will try this for my grandMaa.
Well written and thanks for this recipe..!
Hope my grandMaa will love this.

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