Sambar needs no introduction. It is undoubtedly the most famous dish of South India.
We all make Sambar by using ready-made Sambar masala but as you know, we always try to create the restaurant taste by using day-to-day spices. This serves two purpose -
Reduces dependency on ready-made spices which are made for specific recipes.
We have noticed that the quality of ingredients that spice making companies use are not at par with what we can choose ourselves.We have experienced this several times when we have compared our home made Garam masala with the ready-made one.We have tried several brands too but none could match my home made one. As a result of the quality of the home made product, the home made one needs less quantity to be added to recipe than the market ones.We have also created our own Authentic Sambar Powder that you can try with recipe.
So, keeping the same tradition, We are presenting a simple Sambar recipe which uses no ready-made Sambar masala but the taste remains same. I hope you will like it.
Lets start the process of making Sambar with adding Dry Red Chilies, Gram Lentil, Grated Coconut, Cumin Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds and Coriander Seeds in a non-stick pan. Switch On the Stove and keep the flame on medium.
Add all raw spices to the pan
Roast them until Gram Lentil and Coconut achieve light golden color. Keep stirring with a spatula. Once done, keep them aside to cool down.
Roast all spices
Add the all roasted raw spices in a grinder and grind to make a fine powder. Add 1 cup of water and grind for 2 seconds again to mix water with powder well.
Add water to the grinded spices
Once done, you will get the smooth paste/mixture of spices as shown. Keep it aside for later use.
We will get the smooth paste of spices
Now add Water in a pressure cooker. Add the Split Yellow gram, Salt and Turmeric powder.
Add dal, salt & turmeric powder
Now add chopped Bottle Gourd and Pumpkin. Cover the lid of the cooker. Pressure it on high flame till you get 2 whistles, and then keep the stove on low flame for about 10 minutes.
Add bottle gourd & Pumpkin
Now open the lid of the pressure cooker. Your Dal and Vegetables are in boiled state now as shown. Mash the dal and vegetables with the spatula.Once done, keep it aside. This is the main Sambar which is in its raw state. We need to add the glamour by adding the tadka to it.
We get boiled dal
To make tadka for the Sambar, keep the stove on medium flame and heat Oil in a pan. Add Mustard Seeds and Asafoetida Hing in hot oil.
Heat oil & add sarso
After 20 seconds, add Onion and Curry Leaves. Mix well. Cook on medium flame till Onions get pink in color.
Add onion in oil
Now add Tamarind pulp and mix well. Cook for 1 minute on medium flame.
Add tamarind pulp
Add raw spices paste (prepared in above steps) and mix well. Cook for about 2 minutes on medium flame.
Add spices mixture to the onion mixture
After 2 minutes, switch off the stove and pour this mixture in the boiled dal and vegetable. Mix well.
Pour the spices mixture
Here’s your delicious Sambhar ready to serve with Rice/Idli/Uttapam/Dosa/Vada or any dish of your choice. Isn’t it simple to make it even without the ready-made Sambar masala? So, leave aside those dependencies and still make yummy Sambar quickly at home. Enjoy.