Sambhar ( Desi Khana)
by Tarla Dalal
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Sambhar is a definite part of south indian meals. Sometimes, they make it even more than once a day – for breakfast and later for lunch or dinner. Brimful of the goodness of toovar dal and assorted vegetables, it is nutritious everyday fare and is so versatile that it can be taken with rice, idli, dosa, vada, upma, and just about any south indian snack.
- Wash the toovar dal thoroughly and drain.
- Combine the washed dal and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
- Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
- Blend the dal using a hand blender till it is smooth and keep aside.
- Combine the drumsticks and bottle gourd with 1 cup of water in a deep non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes or till the vegetables are soft. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
- Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the cooked bottle gourd and drumstick, shallots, tamarind pulp, cooked dal, , salt, sambhar masala, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and ¾ cup of water, mix well and bring to boil and allow to cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
- Serve hot.
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