Sambar | Sadya Special sambar without sambar powder

Hello there,
Today I am sharing Onam sadya special authentic sambar recipe. Sambar often contains sambar powder, a coarse spice mix made of roasted lentils, dried whole red chilies, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and sometimes asafoetida and curry leaves. Regional variations include cumin, black pepper, grated coconut, cinnamon, or other spices.

The vegetables, tamarind pulp, sambar powder, turmeric, salt, and asafoetida are boiled together until the vegetables are half-cooked. Then the cooked lentils are added and allowed to cook until the vegetables are done. A spice-scented oil is added to the cooked sambar for extra flavor and tempering, and the dish is served garnished with fresh coriander leaves or curry leaves.

Ingredients for making sambar are:

  1. Toordal-half cup washed and soaked for 15 minutes.
  2. Drumsticks -1 Number, cut lengthwise
  3. Potatoes-2 nos, diced into big cubes.
  4. Elephant yam- A medium-sized piece (diced).
  5. Pumpkin4 small pieces
  6. Carrot-1 small(Diced).
  7. Brinjal-1 no (diced)
  8. Cluster beans-5-6 nos(cut them in 2-inch length)
  9. Cucumber-3 small pieces
  10. Ivy Gourd-2 or 3 chopped.
  11. Onion-1 number (big thick slices)
  12. Lady's finger-5-6 nos (cut in 2-inch length)
  13. Tomato-1 Sliced.
  14. Green chilies -2 or 3 numbers.
  15. Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  16. Tamarind-1 lemon sized, Soak in 1/2 cup of water & strained.
  17. Coconut oil-1 tablespoon.
  18. Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  19. Coriander powder-1 tablespoon.
  20. Red chili powder-1/2 tablespoon.
  21. Asafoetida-1/2 teaspoon.
  22. Fenugreek powder-1/2 teaspoon.
  23. Water as needed.
  24. Salt to taste.
For seasoning :
  1. Coconut oil-1 tablespoon.
  2. Mustard seeds-1 teaspoon.
  3. Fenugreek seeds-1/2 teaspoon.
  4. Dry red chilies-2 or 3 numbers.
  5. Curry leaves-1 sprig.

Method of preparation:

  1. In a large pot or vessel cook soaked toordal with some water. Once the dal is cooked add all the veggies except lady's finger, tomato, and green chilies. Add salt and turmeric with enough amount of water.
  2. When the veggies 3/4th cooked add lady's finger, tomato, and green chilies. Cook them well.
  3. Add tamarind pulp to the cooked veggies. Mix it well and allow to boil.
  4. Heat a small pan and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. The flame must be low. Add turmeric powder. coriander powder, red chili powder.asafoetida powder, and fenugreek powder. Roast this for few seconds. Pour this roasted spices to the cooked veggies. Mix it well and boil for 2 minutes. and remove from flame.
  5. Heat a small pan and add coconut oil. Crack mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds along with dry red chilies and curry leaves. Pour the over the prepared sambar and mix well.

Authentic Kerala sambar is ready to enjoy with rice, dosa or idli.


Tur Dal said…
Amazing sambar recipe without sambar masala. Thanks for sharing.

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