Friday, September 10, 2010

Tomato sambar

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2 cups well cooked and mashed toor dal
1 onion chopped finely lenghthwise
1 large tomato chopped roughly
3-4 very hot thai chillies slit lenghtwise
1 cup tamarind extract(adjust to the heat)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing pwdr
1/4 tsp toasted fenugreek seed pwdr(toast and powder the seeds)
1/4 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
Sambar pwdr-optional-as per taste
Salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
Fresh Curry leaves
Cilantro stems chopped

Pressure cook dal with half tomato,half of the onion,2 hot chillies,1 garlic clove for a few whistles depending on the pressure cooker.Mash the dal well.Heat oil in a pan add mustard,cumin seeds when it splutters add curry leaves,hing,2 chilli pepper(let the peppers roast a bit before adding onions),rest of the onions,salt and turmeric powder.When onions are cooked add the rest of the tomato and tamarind extract.Boil covered for few minutes then add the nicely cooked dal.Water it down to your preference.Add fenugreek powder,a bit of sambar powder if preferred.Add the chopped cilantro stems and boil for 3 minutes.Enjoy with rice,idli,dosa or poori.


Rachana said...

I love sambar! This tomato sambar looks too delicious.

NIDHYA said...

Sambar looks lovely and goes well with idlies. yum!

SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

My favorite from Mom's kitchen !

MiniBinoy said...

very easy to children do not like to see too many veg in the sambar.. so this is a very gud option

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