The typical and traditional south Indian Sambar is a dish full of flavours and various tastes. Sambar has a very tasteful combination of a variety of dal and many chopped healthy fresh vegetables. The Sambar Recipe is one quick type of south Indian soup which instantly satisfies your hunger. It is easy to make at home if all the required ingredients are available. Though spicy, tasty and delicious, it’s hearty because of the nutrients in lentils and fiber rich vegetables.
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A lot of vegetables like onions, tomatoes, bottle guard, pumpkin, drumsticks etc. are used in the preparation of Sambar. The selection of vegetables depends on the preference of your taste palates and your personal choice. The addition of chopped vegetables in your Sambar is optional, you can either add one vegetable or have a combination of various vegetable. Each vegetable used has their own unique flavours and distinct taste which it adds into the Sambar.
The preparation is quite simple and less time taking if you have chopped the veggies, soaked the dal prior to making Sambar and already have the tamarind paste or pulp. The real taste of Sambar is highly dependent on the taste and flavours of Sambar Powder. Here I have discussed how to make Sambar masala at home but you can use the ready-made ones available in the market. But as usual, the homemade fresh Sambar powder is always best to use.
This delicious south Indian Sambar is amongst the favourite delicacies of Indian folks. This authentic dish is known across the nation for its taste, texture and royal flavours. The tempting taste and irresistible aroma of the orange reddish colour Sambar are beyond imagination. The addition of dry red chillies or its powder infuses the red colour in the Sambar. You can make the Sambar spicy or mildly spicy depending on what is suitable for you. For all the budding chefs, take care about the proper proportion to have the best results.
- Green coriander leaves
- Slit Green Chillies
- Lemon Wedges
- The cooking time required for the Sambar Recipe is 40-50 minutes.
- The measured proportion of ingredients makes Sambar which serves 4 to 5 people.
- If you want you can use ready-made Sambar masala also instead of making at home. This Sambar masala can be stored in an airtight container.
- Even you can use the stored tamarind pulp or can prepare fresh and store for the later use.
- Some hotels add masoor dal also along with Tovar dal. If you wish, you can use the combination of Dal such as Tovar Dal, Masoor Dal and Moong Dal.
- For the Jain Version of Sambar, skip adding chopped onions in your Sambar. The Sambar powder has no garlic, but if you are adding garlic then do no add it if you making it for Jain friends.
- You may refrigerate this Sambar if you have made it in more quantity and take out to eat whenever you want. Keep in the fridge after it is cooled, and boil it once before you serve it.
- Squeeze the ¼ tsp. of lemon juice for the extra tanginess in the Sambar.
- If you prefer the sweet taste, then try adding ½ tsp. of sugar in Sambar.
- Also, you can add the coconut paste in the last step for the distinct and unique flavoured Sambar.
- It is advised to cook the Sambar before the time you want to serve. The more it will stay, the better it will taste.
|40 minutes||4 to 5 people||600 calories|
An all-time favourite dish of South Indian culinary is Sambar. Sambar is something which a South Indian family eats almost every day. So if you feel bored eating the mixed vegetable Sambar, you try to experiment with its traditional flavours and give it your own fusion. The other variety of Sambar which you would like to try is traditional Kerala Sambar, Tomato Sambar, Corn Sambar, Methi Leaves Sambar, Beetroot Sambar or Coconut Sambar. You can tweak with the traditional taste of Sambar and make it your signature dish.
There are two basic methods of preparing the delicious Sambar at home. The one that we have used is the making Sambar is the non-stick pan. Here we have boiled the Dal in the pressure Cooker and then have cooked the vegetables separately in the pan. We then have combined the dal with the veggies, prepared the tempering and pour it over our Sambar.
The other method is to prepare the Sambar is Pressure cooker which is similar to what we have done but when your dal is cooked, add the chopped veggies in the same pressure cooker. The rest of the steps remain same, you have prepare tempering in a different and mix it with your Sambar in a bowl. This is relatively easy and less time consuming when compared with making the Sambar in pan. This method is generally useful when you are in short of time and have to make Sambar instantly. Using the pressure cooker reduces the cooking time of the recipe. The other recipes which you can prepare in the pressure cooker are the tasty and spicy tomato biryani or healthy Palak Khichdi. Even you can even make the delicious, healthy and tasty Undhiyu in the pressure cooker. Various food dishes which needs steaming, you can cook them in your pressure cooker instead of a steamer. Whenever the guest are there without informing, and you have to make dinner in hurry, you can try the recipes which are quick to make.
One of the reasons why people love eating Sambar is because it is not just tasty to eat but also healthy. Include Sambar in your food by combining it with any type of steamed idli or Medu Vada and enjoy its delicious flavours. Similar to Sambar is the south Indian Pineapple Rasam which is equally flavorful and colourful. The mixed vegetable lentil soup is an ideal accompaniment for various South Indian dishes. Make this tasty Sambar and pair up with any of your favourite food such as Upma in breakfast, mid-day meal or the dinner.