April 4, 2016

South Indian Sambhar in andhra style

Sambhar is the most popular south indian side dish for rice or idli/dosa/vada. There are many variations in sambhar making, I usually make this Sambhar either with Drumstick,carrot,onion,tomato combination (Or) bottlegourd,drumstick,onion,tomato combination.The taste is always delicious, the choice of vegetables is always based on personal liking and are optional. Each vegetable that we used in sambhar gives a different flavour and taste to the dish. The main tastemaker in this sambhar is Sambhar powder we use. You can use freshly made sambhar powder or you can use MTR madras special sambhar powder. But my mom usually make this sambhar with freshly grounded sambhar powder. Sambhar is an excellent side dish with hot steamed rice /idli/dosha/ vada especially in rainy or winter seasons.Having Sambhar with hot steamed rice,ghee and papads gives you divine feeling!!! Let us learn how to make Sambhar in andhra style :)
Ingredients :
Red gram /Tur dal / Kandi pappu     :           3/4 cup
Tamarind                                          : 2 lemon size (can adjust)
Turmeric powder                         :          1/4 spoon
Sambhar Powder                         :           3 - 4 table spoons
Drum sticks                                :            2
Carrot                                           :             1
Onion                                           :             1 
Tomato                                        :             1(finely chopped)
Coriander leaves                         :          2 spoons
Curry leaves                               :            few
Salt                                             :              to taste       
Jaggery powder                          :            1/2 table spoon (optional)

Ingredients for Sambhar powder :
1 table spoon  corinader seeds
1 table spoon  chana dal
1 table spoon  urad dal
1/4 table spoon cumin seeds
1/4 table spoon methi /fenugreek seeds
1/2 table spoon Dry coconut pieces
5-6 Dry red chillies
2- 3 black pepper /kalee mirch seeds

For Tempering /Tadka/Popu :
2 table spoons of oil or ghee
1/2 table spoon cumin seeds
1/2 table spoon mustard seeds
few curry leaves
1/4 spoon of asafoetida/hing/inguva
1 red chilli broken

Method :
1. Wash Tur dal/Kandipappu 2 times and pressure cook with 2
    cups of water for 4 whistles.Dal should be soft and smooth. You 
    can cook the dal in pot too, but cooking in pressure cooker will
     be little bit easy.
2. While dal cooks,you can prepare sambhar powder. 
     Heat a pan, add coriander seeds first,roast it for few seconds 
     till they smell good, then fry chana dal and urad dal till 
     golden colour, then add dry coconut pieces,methi seeds, 
     cumin seeds,fenugreek seeds,kalee mirch seeds fry them few
     seconds till they begin to smell good.Let it cool down 
     and make a fine powder in a dry mixie jar.
3.  Soak Tamarind in a bowl.
4.  Wash and cut all the vegetables.
5.  Heat 1 table spoon oil in a pan, add onions, saute them 
     few seconds, then add drumstick,carrot and finally tomato. 
     Saute it few seconds till the vegetables become transculent.
6.  Add tamarind pulp to the veggies, then add salt,
     sambhar powder,jaggery powder few curry leaves,and a 
     cup of water make it boil till the vegetables are cooked and
     the raw smell of sambhar powder is gone.
7.  When the pressure goes off, mash the dal to smooth.
8. Add mashed smooth dal to vegetables cooked, add a
    cup of water, bring it to boil.Check the taste, add more if
     needed anything. Add chopped coriander leaves and stir.
     Cook for few minuites.
9.  Meanwhile heat another pan with 2 spoons of ghee, add 
     cumin seeds, mustard seeds,when they starts sizzling,add
     1 broken red chilli, curry leaves,when the curry leaves 
     turn crispy, add  asafoetida/hing / inguva, switch off the flame.
10. Pour this seasoning over sambhar. Stirr well and make it 
      cook for few more minutes till the sambhar becomes 
      flavourful!Yummylicious SAMBHAR is ready now!!!
11. Serve it hot with hot steamed rice, ghee with papads!! 
      I made potato fry, chintakaya thokku, papads, potato 
      papads along with sambhar.


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  2. I am glad to know you liking my recipes. Do try out all my dishes and let me know how they turned up :) Please feel free to ask any queries :)


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