Sunday, September 26, 2010

Watercress Sambar

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Watercress is one of my favorite greens.Watercress is a great source of vitaminsB,C,E,manganese,potassium and carotenes.It is also a good source of calcium,fibre,iron and copper.

Ingredients
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
Fresh Watercress 1 bunch

Method
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 and bring to a good boil and switch off the heat.Add 2 handfuls of watercress(which i cut roughly) to the sambar,almost like a garnish.Give it a good stir.The heat from the sambar will cook the greens in a few mins.Enjoy this nutritious sambar steaming hot with rice,idli,dosa,poori or even as a soup.

24 comments:

aipi said...

Comforting n hearty..nice addition of greens..

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SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

Thanks for the tip,have watercress in the fridge.Will try it soon!

Krishnaveni said...

brilliant idea pushpa, delicious

Rookie Qookie said...

Oh! Dear I love innovating and tweaking recipes..But never heard of Watercress..do we get it in India??

Rachana said...

A great idea!

girlichef said...

That's beautiful! Simple and so very delicious looking =)

Mary said...

This is simply beautiful to look at. Thanks for the tip. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Lav said...

Looks yumm and delicious !! wonderful idea..


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Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..looks so perfect and yummy!!

An Open Book said...

Watercress to sambar..excellent idea.

Swathi said...

Nice addition of water cress in our regular sambar recipe. Looks delicious.

Kairali sisters said...

Hi Pushpa..

Watercress in sambar..wow that was a great though for sure..Superb picture...

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Biren said...

Sounds like a really tasty dish. I like watercress too.

Madhu said...

Never tried this Pushpa! will surely try.

Nisha said...

Wow using watercress sounds like a perfect idea, i'm going to try this one :)

Amritha Kalyani said...

i like watercress. but have never tried in a sambar.. looks very delicious..

Pushpa said...

Thanks again everyone for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
@Beulah, the closest I know of is Vallarai keerai,it belongs to the same family as watercress I think.I have never tasted it but know that it comes in tablet form to increase memory.

women-wisdom.com said...

Thats wonderful healthy sambar. I used to make bhaji out of water cress. I will try in sambar also.
Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran
http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

Srimathi said...

I have never made sambar with watercress.Must try.

LG said...

Does it not taste bitter? I do get lot of watercress here in Singapore somehow scared to use.

Pushpa said...

LG the watercress that we get here is not bitter it has a peppery flavor if you eat it raw.Try eating a few leaves raw and see.All the dishes I made with watercress has come out very tasty.

Mahi said...

I haven't seen this veggie yet..is it available in local super markets pushpa?
Sambar looks healthy and tasty!

Mahi said...

Thanx for the clarification Pushpa. Will look for it next time in Ralphs/Albertsons.:)

Urmila said...

brilliant idea....looks inviting

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