Sambar is basically a lentil stew and there are a ton of variations using various lentils. The most common one uses toor dal that has to be cooked in a pressure cooker and also takes a longer time to cook. When you do not have much time on weeknights, you can use other lentils like moong dal that cooks very fast. This one pot sambar makes a tasty side for idli, pongal, etc. and it is also very easy to make. I have used carrots, but you can add vegetables of your choice. Off to the recipe.
Lentil stew with vegetables.
- For Sambar
- moong dal - 1/2 cup
- onion - 1/2 cup - chopped
- tomatoes - 1 - diced (about 3/4 cup)
- carrots - 1 - diced
- tamarind - small lime size (about 1/2 cup juice extracted)
- sambar powder - 2 tsp (adjust to taste)
- salt - to taste
- turmeric - a pinch
- water - 2 cups
- cilantro - to garnish
- For Seasoning
- oil - 1 tsp
- mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Take all ingredients for sambar except cilantro in a vessel. Pressure cook for however long you normally cook the dal.
Once done season with mustard seeds and garnish with cilantro. Serve with idlis, rice, etc.
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1. Take all ingredients for sambar except cilantro in a vessel and pressure cook.2. Cooking done. Mash with a ladle.3. Season with mustard seeds and garnish with cilantro.
Tasty sambar ready.