Kerala style sambar

Kerala Style Sambar / Varutharacha Sambar | Onam Sadya Recipe

Course: Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 -6
Author: Neha Mathur
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Ingredients

  • Tuvar dal - 1 cup
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetables - 4 cups I used carrots, drum stick, potato, brinjal and pumpkin
  • Tomato - 1 cup Chopped
  • Tamarind - lemon sized ball
  • For the sambhar Masala
  • Coconut oil - 3 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
  • Whole coriander - 2 tbsp
  • Dry red chilies - 5-6
  • Heeng - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 1 cup Sliced
  • Curry leaves - 15-20
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • For the Tadka
  • Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilies - 3-4
  • Curry leaves - 10-12

Instructions

  1. Soak tamarind in a cup of water.
  2. Wash the dal and add it in a pressure cooker along with 4 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Pressure cook till done.
  4. Let the pressure release.
  5. Open the lid of the cooker and add the chopped vegetables and tomatoes and again pressure cook for a whistle.
  6. Remove from heat and let the pressure release.
  7. Mean while, heat coconut oil in a pan.
  8. Once the oil is hot, add chana dal and urad dal and fry till they turn golden brown.
  9. Add fenugreek seeds, whole coriander, dry red chilies, heeng, onion and curry leaves and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Add grated coconut and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  11. Remove the pan from heat and let the masala cool for a while.
  12. Once the masala is cooled, grind it to make a smooth paste.
  13. Use little water if required.
  14. Add the masala in the dal.
  15. Squeeze the tamarind and strain it.
  16. Add the tamarind water in the cooked dal.
  17. Mix well.
  18. Cook the Sambhar for 2-3 minutes.
  19. For the tadka, heat coconut oil in pan.
  20. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  21. Pour the tadka over Sambhar.
  22. Serve hot with rice.