Sambhar Recipe

For preparation of Sambhar, you need:

· 1 Cup Split Red Gram (Kandipappu in Telugu)

· 4 Tomatoes

· 2 Onions

· 1 Tsp. Ginger Paste

· 1 Tsp. Garlic Crushed

· 4 Tsp. Coconut Powder

· Coriander Leaves – a fist full

· 10-15 Curry Leaves

· 4 Okra

· 3 Brinjal

· 4 Green Chili

· 50gms Oil

· ½ Tsp. Mustard seeds

· ½ Tsp. Cumin seeds

· 2 pinches Asafoetida (Inguva in Telugu)

· Salt to taste

· ½ Tsp. Red Chili Powder

· ¾ Tsp. Turmeric

· 3 Tsp. Tamarind paste

· 2 Dry Red Chili

For Sambar Powder you need

· 3 Tsp. Coriander Seeds

· 1 ½ Tsp. Cumin Seeds

· ¾ Tsp. Split Red Gram

Method of preparation of powder:

· Mix all above ingredients in a small skillet and fry until they turn brown or they split.

· Remove from heat and let cool.

· When cooled make into a fine powder and keep aside.

Method of preparation of Sambhar :

· Cut all the vegetables i.e tomatoes, okras, brinjals, onions into large pieces slightly larger than bite sized pieces. Keep aside.

· Pressure-cook the split red gram with enough water to become very soft.

· In a large pot heat oil and add mustard and cumin seeds. When they start to split, add green chilies, curry leaves and asafetida.

· Immediately add 5 cups of water, vegetable pieces, tamarind paste, turmeric, salt and red chili powder and on medium heat bring to a boil.

· Cook for 10 more minutes or until the vegetable pieces are soft.

· Now add the cooked red gram, stir well and cook for 10 more minutes.

· Now add sambar powder, ginger-garlic paste and coconut powder, coriander leaves, one-tsp sugar, and stir well.

· Cook for 10 more minutes with low flame and cover.

· Remove from heat.

· Serve hot with Idli, Dosa and plain white Rice.