Quick Sambar

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Stewed Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup - toor dal (washed and soaked for 30 minutes)
  • 4-5 strips tamarind soaked for 5 minutes (paste or pulp may also be used)
  • 1 tbsp- jaggery or sugar
  • 2 tbsp - sambar masala
  • 1/4 tsp- turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp- dhania powder
  • 1 tsp - red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp- each cumin and mustard seeds
  • 3 whole red chillies
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 4 onions
  • 1/2 cup - pumpkin or bottle gourd boiled and cubed
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 tbsp- chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 flakes garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp- oil

How to Make Quick Sambar

  • Add tamarind, 1/2 tomato & 1 onion chopped, to the dal.
  • Pressure cook till dal is done very soft. (Approx. 4 whistles)
  • Remove dal and beat with a whisk or churner till smooth.
  • Grind to a paste, 1 onion, 1/4 tomato, jaggery, garlic, all dry masalas.
  • Chop the remaining onion and tomato to medium or fine pieces.
  • Heat oil, add seeds , curry leaves and allow to splutter.
  • Add onion, pumpkin, tomato and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add paste, and cook for further 2 minutes.
  • Add dal and bring to a boil on high.
  • Add enough water to get sambar consistency.
  • Check and adjust masalas as required.
  • Simmer for 12-15 minutes on low, till the aroma exudes.
  • Add chopped coriander before serving.
  • Serve steaming hot with hot idlis, coconut chutney and ghee.

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