June 30, 2007


In India, I used to prepare vegetable sambar or Drumsticks sambar or some times plain sambar i.e. without any vegetables. It tastes same as vegetable sambar. My family loves this too very well. Here I am not getting fresh Indian vegetables and also fresh drumsticks. I can use frozen, but I only don't like to use those vegetables. So here mostly now-a-days I am preparing this plain sambar. Here is my recipe:

Plain Sambar:
Prep : 30mts
Cooking time : 45mts
Cuisine : Andhra

3 cups tamarind juice (you can use readymade extract or take 1 medium lemon size tamarind, soak in warm water and extract the juice)
2 cups cooked toor dal (kandi pappu)
2 tbsp readymade sambar powder (I used MTR)
salt as per taste
1 medium size chopped tomato
3 green chillies (slit them length wise)
1.5 tsp ginger garlic paste

For tadka/tempering/popu/talimpu:
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp jeera
1 tsp mustards
a big pinch of hing
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 medium size chopped onions
few curry leaves
1/2 tsp whole garam masala powder
finely chopped coriander leaves for better taste

1. Extract the juice from soaked tamarind and keep aside into a big bowl.

2. Cook the toor dal, take into blender and make into smooth paste and keep aside.

3. Keep the tamarind juice bowl in hight flame, add chopped tomato, green chillies, ginger garlic paste, sambar powder and salt to tamarind juice, mix, bring to a boil.

4. Add toor dal paste, mix without lumps, boil till desired thicken on low flame.

5. Finally put the tempering with oil, jeera, mustards, chopped onions, turmeric powder, hing, curry leaves, coriander leaves and hing. Add this talimpu to above sambar, mix well.

6. Finally sprinkle the whole garam masala powder on top of the sambar and turn off the heat.

7. Serve hot with Idli's, Dosa's and white rice too.
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  1. A nice sambar Jyothi. Viji

  2. Steaming hot sambar looks delicious jyothi. Would be perfect with idlis.

  3. In raining season, grama gram (hot) sambar with dosa everyone like it...plz send one cup for me.....looks mouth-watering.:)

  4. yumm sambhar looks delicious! me too i use MTR !

  5. Lovely Sambhar...very nice recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. preparing sambar is a real art. a good sambar needs real good skills. your version looks good.

  7. hi ur sambar is looking grt..thanks for sharing

  8. @Hi Viji, thanks a lot.

    @Hi Seema, even I will prefer for idli's. Thanks for your lovely words.

    @Hi Kajal, its on the way. Taste it and let me know dear. Glad, you liked it. Thanks for your comments.

  9. @Hi Roopa, thanks for dropping by.

    @Hi Neelam, thanks a lot.

    @Hi Sharmi, I will accept with you dear. Thanks a lot.

  10. @Hi Shanti, thanks for dropping by.

  11. Jyoti,hello.I made it today!:))
    Love the Sambar,first thing I cooked after I came back home!!YUM!!

  12. wow! that sambar looks yum :) the tip of garam masala on top is awesome!

  13. @Hi Asha, you came back, I miss you dear. Hey, great you prepared my sambar recipe. Glad, you liked it too. I am very happy asha. Thanks a lot.

    @Hi Richa, thanks for dropping by.

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