Friday, January 14, 2011


Lentils(toor dal)-1/4 cup
Vegetables(ladies finger+drumstick)-1cup(cut to little finger length)
Tomatoes-1 medium(cut to medium sized cubes)
Green chilly-1 no(slit)
Tamarind/tamarind pulp(size of gooseberry/1/2tsp)
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Sambar powder-1 nd 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder-3/4 tsp
Curry leaves-1 stalk
Mustard-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves-1 stalk
Dry Chilly-2 no
Hot water-2tbsp
Coriander leaves-1 stalk
Oil-2 tbsp
Method Of Preparation:
1. Boil lentils with sufficient water till it gets cooked properly.
2. Meanwhile add hot water to tamarind and keep aside. This is to remove the pulp.After some time you can squeeze the pulp out of it.
3. Heat coconut,curry leaves ,onion for some time(till it becomes light brown,don't burn it) and grind that mixture with water to form smooth paste.
4.Once lentils are cooked properly add the vegetables,green chilly,Turmeric,Sambar powder,Chilly powder,Salt and cook till vegetables become soft.
5. Add tamarind pulp to this and cook till the raw smell of tamarind goes for about 2 minutes.
6. After that add the coconut mixture and boil it for 2 minutes/till bubbles come on top.Add few coriander leaves and curry leaves and switch off the heat.
7.In a wok heat little oil,add mustard and dry chilly and wait till mustard sputters.Add this to the sambar
8.Serve with white rice,dosa,idlli.

1.You can use vegetables like potato,onion,carrot,egg plant(brinjal),beetroot etc.
2. If using carrots/potato cook it along with lentils.
3. When I am in a hurry I add coconut milk instead of coconut mixture.

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