Monday, May 5, 2008

How can we make delicious Sambar (with sambar powder)

Sambar (with sambar powder)

You will need:
1. 1 cup pigeon peas
2. 1 tsp turmeric powder
3. 5½ cups water
4. Tamarind, the size of a lime
5. ¼ kg mixed vegetables (brinjal, cucumber, drumstick, potato, onion), cut into pieces
6. 4 green chillies, half slit
7. Salt to taste
8. 2 dsp sambar powder

For the seasoning:
1. 1 dsp refined vegetable oil
2. ½ tsp mustard seeds
3. 1 dsp onion, chopped
4. 1 dry red chilli, halved
5. A few curry leaves
6. A few coriander leaves

For the sambar powder:
1. 1 dsp gingelly oil
2. ½ tsp asafoetida powder
3. 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
4. 12 dry red chillies
5. 2 dsp coriander seeds

To prepare the sambar powder:
1. Heat the gingelly oil,. Roast all the ingredients one by one. Mix together and powder finely. Store in an airtight tin.

1. Cook the washed pigeon peas with turmeric powder in 3 cups water.
2. Soak tamarind in ½ cup water.
3. Cook vegetables in 2 cups water. When the vegetables are cooked, strain and pour in the tamarind extract and the sambar powder.
4. Allow it to boil for 10 minutes. Remove from fire.
5. Heat oil. Season the sambar with mustard seeds, onion, red chilli and curry leaves. Garnish with coriander leaves.

To serve 6

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