Saturday, November 15, 2008

Potato Sambar - Aloogadde Saaru

I make Sambhar (south Indian lentil curry) at least 3 or 4 times a week, I make this for our mid-day lunch. So here is my recipe for making Sambar.

  • Potatoes,Onion and Tomato - each cut into big chunks.
  • Sambar powder, tamarind paste and jaggery - 1 tsp each.
  • Tempering : Oil, mustard seeds - 1tsp and Hing/asafoetida- 1/4 tsp or a pinch.
  • Toor Dal(split pigeon peas) - 1/2 cup
  • Garnish few cilantro/coriander leaves.
  1. Wash Dal, chop veggies and pressure cook till soft.
  2. Once done, add sambar powder(I use Mom made, one can substitute with corrinder-cumin-redchilli powder ),tamarind dissolved in water (or tamarind paste) and jaggery or Brown sugar. Mix well and let it cook for 10 mins until the raw smell of sambar powder is gone.
  3. Then do the tempering, add mustard seeds and hing to hot oil, when it mustard seeds starts to pop, switch off and add that to sambar.
  4. Garnish with few fresh cilantro springs. Serve warm.
We like to eat sambar with rice. Enjoy !

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