Plain Sambar is one staple dish of south India. Say it is Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner it is so common in most South Indian households.
Sambar Recipe | How to make Plain Sambar step by step picture. Sambar is one staple dish of south India .Say it is Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner we can have it. It is so common in most of the South Indian households. We can happily pair it of Idli , dosa ,Pongal or Rice and hence it goes both for Breakfast and Lunch with makes the job simple.
I call it Bachelor sambar due to the simplicity of the dish but taste wise it’s not less than a regular sambar.
How to prepare Plain Sambar
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Standard 1 cup measures 240 ml
- ½ cup Toor dal
- ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp Sambar powder
- ½ tsp Chilli powder
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Onion
- 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
- Salt as needed
- Tamarind - Gooseberry sized
- 2 tsp Oil/Ghee
- ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
- ¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
- ½ tsp Cumin /Jeers
- ¼ tsp Hing
- 1 sprig Curry Leaves
- 4 Shallots
- 4 Dry Red Chilli
- · Soak the Toor dal in water for half an hour and pressure cook Toor Dal ,Onion and Tomatoes with water for about 4- 5 whistles or until the Toor dal is cooked. Wait until the pressure get released by itself.
- · Now open the pressure cooker and mash the cooked toor dal and vegetables finely. Next add in the Sambar powder, Turmeric powder and Chilli powder and mix well. Now Take a kadai/Pan and add in oil or Ghee.
- · Once the oil becomes hot add in the ingredients in order from the “To Temper “list . Fry for a min until you get a nice aroma
- · Then add in the Sambar powder, Add in Salt and Tamarind water and wait until the Sambar boil, Once the Sambar boils well and the desired consistency is reached add in the freshly grated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves. Switch off the flame. Serve hot with white rice.
- Always soak the toor dal in water for about 15- 30 mins. This will help the dal to cook faster.
- Cooking for more time removes the nutrients from the dal.
- Serve hot with rice and ghee.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, the nutrition value provided here is an estimate. It will vary based on the quantity and brands of the products used.
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