Monday, May 22, 2006

shallots sambar

There are so many variations of sambar. In the north of Kerala, they grind fried copra and add that to sambar, In Malaysia, they add fish curry powder.Yes they do!!!
my favourite is shallots sambar

Shallots:200 gm, clean and slice them
green chilli:5. split in to half

sambar dal(toovar dal) :50 gm
tamarind:1 t spn( if not using the paste, soak a small goosberry size tamarind, in 2 tbl spn hot water and strain the pulp)
chilli powder:1 tsp
coriander powder:2 tsp
turmeric powder:1 tsp

asafoetida:a small pinch
fenugreek seeds:1/2 tspn
mustard seeds:1 tspn
dried red chilli:3
curry leaves:1 sprig
coconut oil:2 tbl spn( yes coconut oil..remember onam. and the sadya isn't saday till you cook the malu way and we use coconut oil!)

Among the masses of all the dals at the shop, i could never figure out which one is sambar/toovar dal. I finally figured, the thinner uglier one is toovar dal and the chubbier cute one is chana dal that is used for parippuvada!

Clean and wash the dal and cook it in 3 cups of water, till it is soft.

Meanwhile, in a wok heat a tbl spn oil and fry the shallots and green chillies till the shallots are slightly browned.

Mix the fried shallots to the boiled dal, add all the coriander, chilli, turmeric powder, tamarind and salt. Add water to dilute. When it is boiled well, take it off from fire.

heat the wok, add a tbl spn coconut oil, add a pich of asafoetida, when it bubbles add the mustard and fenugreek seeds, when they finished spluttering add the dried chilli and curry leaves, fry for a minute till it is browned. Pour over the sambar. Serve hot.

7 comments:

Inji Pennu said...

check the link out. It has a para on How it is served.

Inji Pennu said...

Actually,Sambar is not a typical Kerala dish and I have heard only in recent times, Sambar is served with the Ona Sadya. Nowadays Sambar is served. Also Rasam is not typical Kerala dish.

Then there is a difference between kichadi and pachadi also in Kerala. I think in the South, injithair is served which I havent seen in Kochi up north.

There are so many combinations,it is mindblogging.Did you read, a typical Onam Sadya had 64 dishes?Wow!

Vineela said...

HI IC,
IC AND LG i think you both are going to give us "sadya" with 64 items.
Wow ,great.
Vineela

RP said...

64??? Are you serious?

I have posted plantain chips and sharkara upperi for the sadya.

starry nights said...

Between IC and Lg I am getting some nice recipes..thanks

Maya Cassis said...

this is making a great collection for beginners like me.love the authenticity about your recipes

Muhammed Salim said...

Good Article i like It



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