Sambaar South Indian Style ||Lentil stew|| Perfect with Dosa, Idli and rice||100% veg

Sambar properly spelled ‘saam’+ ‘baar’ is basically a lentil based vegetable stew. It is very popular in South India and Sri Lankan cuisines.

It a very healthy stew made from many vegetables and the good part is you can add in or remove any vegetable you like.

Like we used bottle gourd,okra (bhindi), eggplant (byangan),carrots (gajar) and tomato. You can keep this menu or can add or remove any vegetable as per your choice,you can add drumsticks (vegetable) here also.

It has unique taste than any other daal,because in this we use a special sambaar masala. The masala is easily available in stores but you can also easily make it at home, we’ve share that recipe also below.

Let’s make sambaar masala+sambaar…in my style πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

Type- Curry

Preparation time- 15-18 minutes

Cooking time- 30-35 minutes

Ingredients for the sambaar masala:

  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 10-12 whole red chillies
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 2 tbs Bengal gram (Chana daal)
  • 2 tbs split peas (arhaar or toor daal)
  • 2 tbs pigeon peas (urad or biuli daal)
  • 1 tsp asfoetida/hing
  • 1 tbs paprika (kashmiri lal mirch)

Ingredients for the sambaar:

  • For tempering: 1 tsp cumin seeds,1 tsp mustard seeds,1/2 tsp pigeon peas (biulir daal or urad daal),1/2 tsp split peas (toor or arhaar daal),4-5 curry leaves
  • 3/4 th cup Toor or Arhaar daal/Spilt peas
  • 2 cups of water for boiling the daal
  • 2 cups of water for the thickness you need for the sambaar
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 3-4 chopped okra/ladies fingers/bhindi
  • 1/2 cup chopped aubergine/eggplants/byangan/begun
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup diced bottle gourd/Lau/lauki
  • 1 large tomato or 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbs tamarind pulp
  • 1 tsp paprika (kashmiri lal mirch)
  • 3 tbs of the sambaar masala we made

Procedure for the sambaar masala:

  • Roast all the whole spices except for he mustard seeds and the curry leaves
  • Then grind it after cooling
  • Now add the curry leaves and grind again
  • At this point dry roast the mustard seeds
  • Allow it to cool & then grind it
  • Add the paprika and the asfoetida/hing and mix it
  • Your sambaar masala is ready to use
  • You can even store it for months
  • All the measurements of the ingredients are given above in the ingredients for sambaar masala section πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†

Procedure for the sambaar:

  • In a pan add 3 tbs mustard oil,2-3 whole red chillies,1 tsp mustard seeds,1 tsp cumin seeds,1/2 tsp pigeon peas (biulir daal or urad daal),1/2 tsp Bengal gram (Chana Daal) and fry
  • Add 4-5 curry leaves
  • Add 1/2 cup sliced onions and fry till translucent on a medium flame
  • Add 4-5 chopped okra/ladies finger/bhindi
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped eggplant/byangan/begun and fry
  • Add 1 carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced bottle gourd/lauki/lau
  • Now keep on cooking them until they are a bit soft
  • Lastly and finally add the chopped tomatoes (don’t add tomatoes before adding any other vegetables in this recipe)
  • Add salt to taste
  • Fry on a medium flame until everything is soft
  • Add 1 tsp paprika and mix
  • Now add 3 tbs tamarind pulp and mix
  • Cook for more 5-6 minutes on a medium flame and then add the boiled daal and mix
  • Add 2 cups of water for the daal soup (water is upto you,how thick or runny you want your daal)
  • Add 1 tsp turmeric powder and then bring it to boil
  • Add 2-3 green chillies
  • Cook for more 8-10 minutes on a medium flame and its done
  • Enjoy with Dosa, Idli and rice

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