Easy and Tasty Thick Sambar (An Indian spicy thick stew/soup with mixed vegetables and lentil)

Sambar is one of the prime south Indian vegetarian delicacies. It is a spicy stew/soup with variety of vegetables and lentil. Many types of Sambar persist depending on the meal of the day, region and vegetables used.It is a main part of Onam/Vishu Sadya, keralites Vegetable Feasts. Sambar is a popular side dish with many main courses like steamed rice, Dosa, Idly, Vada etc…yeah! It is an unavoidable dish in my small world too. So I try to prepare variety of sambar in my magic kitchen. This is one of our favourites thick and tasty sambar. In this recipe I have used homemade sambar powder. It gives a special taste and aroma. I am sure you guys also like this recipe very much and here is the recipe for that tasty Sambar. Try it and enjoy 🙂

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Recipe Type Side Dish
Cooking and Preparation Time 30 to 45 Minutes
Serve to 7 to 8

Ingredients For Sambar

Ingredient Quantity Notes
Split Yellow Lentil/Toor Daal/Thuvara Parippu ½ Cup Clean and soak in 2 cups of water for at least 3 hours.
Tamarind/Pizhu Pulli Juice 1 cup Soak one gooseberry sized tamarind in one cup water and strain it.
Asafoetida gum/kaayam 1 Small piece You can use 1 Teaspoon kaayam powder instead of hard gum
Turmeric Powder/Manjal 1 Teaspoon
Home Made Sambar Powder 3 Tablespoon  Click and read the recipe
Potato/Urulla kizhanghu 2 Medium diced
Drumstick/Murighikha 1 Big Cut into length wise
Ladies Finger/Vendakka 8 Numbers Cut into length wise
Lablab Beans/Avara 10 numbers Cut into length wise
Elephant Yam/Chena A Small Piece Diced
Eggplant/Kathirikka 2 Small Diced
Golden Pumpkin/Mathagha A Small Piece Diced
Cucumber/Vellarikka A Small Diced
Tomato 1 Medium Diced
Shallots/Small onion 5 to 6 Diced
Garlic/Velluthulli 6 Cloves Diced
Green Chilly 4 Numbers Sliced Length wise
Curry leaves Few
Salt As Per Your Taste
Water As Per Required

Ingredients For Garnishing/Tempting sambar

Ingredient Quantity Notes
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds/kaduku ½ Teaspoon
Shallots/Small Onions 3 Numbers Chopped Finely
Red Dry Chilly 3 Numbers Cut into 2 pieces each
Curry leaves Few
Coriander Leaves/malli ella Few Chopped

Method For Sambar

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• Place all vegetables and soaked toor daal in a pressure cooker.
• Add turmeric Powder, asafoetida and tamarind water.
• Add salt as per your taste.
• Add water as required.
• Cover and cook until the pressure cooker whistles twice.
• When the pressure released add 3 tablespoon homemade Sambar powder (adjust as per your taste) and mix well. Keep aside.

Method For Garnishing/Tempting Sambar

• Heat oil in a sauce Pan.
• Pop mustard seeds.
• Add chopped shallots/small onions, dry chilly pieces and curry leaves. Fry well.
• When its golden brown, Pour it over the sambar and Mix well.
• Taste it and add salt if required.
• Garnish with Chopped coriander leaves.
• Serve hot or cold with steamed rice & pappad, Idly or Dosa. Enjoy!

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