Sambar – South Indian Staple

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Sambar  – South Indian Staple

This dish is a legend – something that defines South India usually paired up with its die-hard soul mate idli! We are indeed down to basics with this recipe – Something I make all the time with, with idli and dosais, with rice, or mixed rice. And I realized I had not blogged it.  This is rather like living in Agra and not visiting the Taj unless someone who comes to visit you reminds you of its greatness! To my Indian blogger friends who are well aware of this dish and probably make it often too, this is just another take on the dish. To all my non- south Indian friends, this is an easy preparation using split peas (yellow in color, not to be mistaken with Bengal gram which too is like split peas, except more yellow and fatter) and tomatoes with a specific spice powder.

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Ingredients
1 cup of split peas cooked soft and pulpy
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 cups of water
Diced Veggies (I used bell pepper and onions – two common choices)
1.5 tbsp Suvaiyana Sambar Powder or other
1 tbsp of coconut powder
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds for sauteeing
Curry leaves
1 red dry chili (optional)
1 tsp of oil
1 tsp of butter/ghee

Preparation
Cook the dal and keep
In a blender grind the diced tomatoes with the coconut and sambar powders
In a pot, heat the oil, toss the diced veggies and let them cook for a minute or two
Add the tomato blend and allow it to come to a boil
Mash the dal and add to the pot
In a saute pan, splutter the mustard in the ghee and add the curry leaves and chili
Pour on the sambar and stir in lightly
Serve HOT with Idlis or rice

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Seen here with his soul mate (raagi idlis) and almost constant companion, Coconut Chutney (to be blogged)

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February 25, 2011

27 Comments

  1. Beautiful thali for breakfast.

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  2. Looks yummyyyy….

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  3. looks delicious…

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  4. Who doesn't like sambar..wonderful combination of lentils and spices…now i am drooling.

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  5. Delicious sambar.

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  6. Delicious sambar.

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  7. Your sambar looks so very delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. I have a list for our Indian grocery store and will put Sambar on it as it sounds delicious. I'm making a special trip to pick up fresh curry leaves to do a recipe that was in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. Just had a lovely lunch with my Thai friend who owns a Thai restaurant. We ate at Taste of India–always delicious.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  9. Wow Slurp :)

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  10. Alas, I'm no longer in Virginia but in the mid-west–a Chicago suburb. Here, Taste of India is a restaurant.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  11. flvorful sambar and lovely combo.loving it

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  12. I love sambar my fav perfect with rice:)

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  13. Sambhar ..well it's the best! It's interesting that you have not used any tamarind, but only tomatoes.
    looks yummy!

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  14. Just got time to get back to my blog.. You have a great blog.. Love your blog..

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  15. Who will say no to sambar, one of my favourite..

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  16. Definitely won't say no to sambar. excellent dip for idli/dosa. Looks yummy and that too served with chutney and healthy idlis.
    Thanks for dropping by at my space :)

    Padma
    ( http://padmasrecipes.blogspot.com )

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  17. always a comfort food!….never can get enough!
    Smitha

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  18. delicious and flavorful sambhar…yum!

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  19. Hmm can I come over? lovely sambhar especially if I dont have to cook.

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  20. OMG I want some! looks so yum!

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