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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Instant Sambar

Sambar is one of the staple food for South Indians. Hot steamed idlies or shallow fried dosa, sambar goes very well and a best accompaniment, sure a killer breakfast combo. When i came across this quick sambar from Padhuskitchen by Padhu, i know someday would come, to try this lovely recipe. And today tonight it is. I couldn't believe how quickly i prepared the sambar and dished out. Thanks to Padhu for sharing such a speedy recipe. Here it goes,

1/3 cup Split Moong dal
1/2 medium Yellow onion (chopped)
1 Roma Tomato (chopped)
2 Green Chillies (slit)
4 Garlic pods
1 small Tamarind ball
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup  + 1 1/2 cup Water
 For Tempering:

1/2tsp Cumin seeds
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/2tsp Urad dal
1 pinch Asafoetida
2 Dry red Chilli (broken)
4-5 Curry Leaves
1tbsp Cilantro (chopped)
2tsp Oil
How to:
  • Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup water and extract the juice.
  • Pressure cook moong dal along with onion, tomato, green chilli and turmeric powder for 3 whistles.

  • Open the cooker, mash the dal well, pour the tamarind extract along with 1 1/2 cup water and bring it to a boil. (It has to be watery.)

  • Add salt and the tempering. Finally garnish with cilantro.

  • Serve hot with idli or dosa. Dip it, Dunk it or Drown it.

  • Heat oil in a small skillet, add dry red chilli, mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, then urad dal, followed by asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Saute for 30 secs and pour the mixture into the sambar.
Sending this dish to the event Bookmarked recipes hosted by Aipi.


  1. That is really instant.. a keeper recipe..looks wonderful nidhya!
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event.

    US Masala

  2. I am glad you like it Nidhya .Your photo with the tempering looks too good.

  3. You really have lots of lovely instant ideas, yummy sambhar.

  4. What a fantastic dhal, this is my staple food :)

  5. simply delicious sambar and nice pic too!!

  6. Such a comforting sambar, love it..

  7. Real yummy taste Sambar its special in Andhra Try it.

    Best Regarding.
    Andhra Style Recipes


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