Monday, December 3, 2007

Sambhar recipe

You will need:

  • 1 onion(chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes(chopped)
  • 3 green chillies(chopped)
  • 3 carrots(chopped)
  • 1 potato(chopped)
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup lady's finger (okra)
  • 1 cup eggplant(chopped)
  • 1½ tsp tamarind paste (You can add more or less according to your taste)
  • 7 garlic pods
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • ½ cup channa dal/moong dal
  • 4 cups of water
  • salt to taste


You can add whatever vegetables you have in your refrigerator. This is the nice way to empty your refrigerator.

For tempering:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • some curry leaves
  • some coriander leaves(chopped)
  • 3 tbsp sambhar powder
  • ½ tsp asafoetida powder(hing, perungaayam)

Step 1:

Microwave chopped vegetables:

Microwave chopped carrots and potatoes for 6 minutes.

Step 2:

In rice cooker:

In a rice cooker add toor dal, channa dal/moong dal, garlic, tomatoes and add 4 cups of water and allow it to cook.

Step 3:

Stir fry okra, eggplant and spinach

Take a non stick pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Add the chopped okra and fry it for few mins. Then add chopped onions, eggplant and spinach along with the okra and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4:

Mix veggies with dal

When the dal is half cooked add okra, eggplant, onions,spinach, carrot, potato, peas, tamarind paste, salt with the dal mixture. At this point if you need more water add some. Then allow the dal and veggies to cook till your rice cooker automatically turns to warm position.

Step 5:


For tempering heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and urad dal. When it splutters add asafoetida powder, sambhar powder, curry leaves, coriander leaves. Then add this mixture to the veggie dal mixture and enjoy your sambhar with rice, idli, dosa.

Handy Hint:

If you dont like thick sambhar add some more water and sambhar powder.

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