I adopted this recipe from recipezaar and it turned out very well. I have always wanted to make the kind of Sambar we get in the restaurants and this is that perfect recipe which when you follow by word would leave with the same kind of dish I have been looking for. Hope you have a great time making this and also enjoy eating it.
- 1/2 cup tuvar dal
- 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
- 1 teaspoon Urad Dal
- 6 red chilies
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds
- 5 sprigs curry leaves
- 1/4 coconut, grated
- 25-30 shallots, cleaned and peeled. (small red onions called sambar onions in india)
- 1/2 teaspoon mustards seeds
- 1 pinch hing
- 2 green chilies
- 2 cups chopped into big chunks vegetables, of choice (brinjals, carrots, french beans, pumpkin, yam)
- 50 ml tamarind pulp (lemon sized ball of tamarind soaked in 1/3 cup of water.)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons jaggery or brown sugar, can be substituted i guess
- Cook the tuvar dal till tender then mash.
- Heat 1 tblsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan and roast the fenugreek seeds till light red, then add 1/2 tsp urad dal and let it saute till they change colour too.
- Add the red chilli and coriander seeds.
- Add a 3 sprigs of curry leaves and the grated coconut and roast. They should all turn light brown and aromatic.
- Cool and grind to a fine paste with a little water.
- Heat 1 tblsp oil in a pan.
- Add the mustard seed.
- When they splutter add 1/2 tsp of urad dal and the hing.
- Fry for a minute.
- Add the onions and green chillies, slit and the rest of the curry leaves.
- Add your choice of vegetables Fry till you get a nice aroma.
- Add a little water.
- Cover and cook till the veges are done.
- Extract pulp from the tamarind and add to the vegetables.
- Add salt and crumbled jaggery (you can use brown sugar i think instead) and cook till the raw smell of the tamarind disappears.
- Add the mashed dal and the ground masala.
- Mix weel and add a little water if reqd.
- Simmer for a few mins.
- Serve with dosas, idlis or rice.