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Sambhar ( How To Make Sambhar, South Indian Recipe)


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This is one south indian dish that needs no introduction, and probably the most versatile of them all. Each family uses the ingredients in various proportions. You can also try varying the quantities depending on your preference. The vegetables added to sambhar (or any kuzhambu) are referred to as ‘thaan’. Various thaans include drumstick, potato, colocasia, radish, carrot, capsicum, pumpkin, brinjal, ladies finger etc.

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Soaking Time:  20 mins.
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Makes 6 servings
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Ingredients

Method
For the sambhar masala

  1. Heat the oil in a deep pan, add all the ingredients and sauté on a slow flame for 4 to 5 minutes or till they release flavour, while stirring continuously. Keep aside.
  2. When cool, blend in a mixer to a fine powder. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Clean, wash and soak both the dals in enough water for 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine the dals with 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Whisk the dal thoroughly and keep aside.
  4. Combine the drumstick, bottle gourd and 1 cup of water in a deep pan and cook on a medium flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till all the water has evaporated.
  5. Add the cooked dal, shallots, tomatoes, brinjals, drumsticks, bottle gourd, tamarind pulp, sambhar masala, salt and 3 cups of water, mix well and bring to boil. Keep aside.
  6. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds.
  7. When the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida and sauté for a few seconds.
  8. Pour the tempering over the boiling sambhar, mix well and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes. Serve hot.
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Payal Parikh 86September 04, 2012

This Sambhar recipe is really tasty..i added less of bottle gourd as i prefer less vegetables in my smbhaar...the taste is really very good of this recipe....thank you Tarla aunty !
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Reviewed September 04, 2012by Payal Parikh 86

This Sambhar recipe is really tasty..i added less of bottle gourd as i prefer less vegetables in my smbhaar...the taste is really very good of this recipe....thank you Tarla aunty !

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