Here is what Wiki has to say about sambar .. however, even without this history on sambar, we can safely say..'isey to bacha, bacha janta hai!!' . A must at almost all meals in South Indian homes and well loved by almost everyone!
When I was in college, Ruia in Matunga, Mumbai, for those who are familiar with it, there is a small restaurant called Mani's Lunch home.. in those days we got Idli Sambar for just Rs. 5.50/- and the BEST part was the unlimited chutney and sambar. We would greedily slurp all the sambar and take so many servings that the idli would, by then, get crumbly and disappear into the hot sambar!! Trust me when I say, we made a meal out of it!! To date, I haven't tasted 'that' kind of sambar!!
So today I made another attempt to recreate 'that' magic..... I admit, I was not close, but the end result was quite satisfactory!
3/4 cup Toor Daal
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Chopped vegetables (3 nos. Okra, 5-6 cubes radish, 8-10 Madras onion/ pearl onion)
1/2 tsp. Tamarind concentrate (or soak a marble size ball of tamarind in warm water for 15 mins., squeeze out the pulp and discard the solids)
2 tsp. Sambar Powder ( I used MTR brand)
1 tbsp. Oil
1/2 tsp Each Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds
2 nos. red chilly
5-7 curry leaves
2 pinches Asafetida
Salt to taste
small lump Jaggery (optional)
Wash the daal , add double the quantity water to washed daal, add turmeric powder and pressure cook it till soft and mushy
Heat oil, Add the mustard seeds , once the sputter, add Cumin seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and asafetida
Add the vegetables , cover and cook till tender, add water if needed to aid cooking
Add the tamarind conc. / juice, jaggery (opt.) water, salt and bring to a rolling boil.
Add the sambar powder and then the cooked daal.
Cook for 10 mins, till the aroma wafts in the house!Pin It