I've posted varieties of idli sambar i learnt from my MOM & MIL.This one is my MIL's special sambar.My hubby loves this a lot . So i make at least once in a week.It tastes similar to hotel sambar.
- Tamarind - A small gooseberry size
- Toor dal - 1/4 cup
- Potato - 1 no (big)
- Turmeric powder - A pinch
- Water - As needed.
- Oil - 1/2 tsp
- Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
- Channa dal - 1 tbsp
- Red chilly - 3 - 4 no (big)
- Hing - 1/4 tsp
- Shallots / small onion - 15 nos
- Tomato - 1 no (cut into small pieces)
- Curry leaves - a few
- Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
- Salt & water - As needed
- Oil - 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Jeera - 1/2 tsp
- Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
- Coriander leaves - a few
- Jaggery - A pinch
- Ghee - 1 tbsp (for flavor)
- Soak the tamarind in warm water for 20 mins and take the extract.Set aside.
- Pressure cook all the ingredients given under "to pressure cook" till one whistle.Mash the dal and set aside.
- Heat oil in a kadai and roast all the items given above in the same order till nice aroma arises.Powder and keep aside.
- In the same kadai , add oil and saute the items given under :to saute: .
- Saute till tomato turns mushy.Then add the sambar powder , tamarind extract , hing & salt.Allow it to boil till the onion gets cooked.
- Now add the mashed dal & powdered spices.
- Mix well & boil for sometime.(. Be careful while adding the powder because it may form lumps.So gently stir in & sprinkle the powder simultaneously.) When it boils , add jaggery & boil for some more time..
- Finally temper all the ingredients given under "to temper" and switch off the stove. Garnish with coriander leaves.Transfer to the serving bowl and top it with a tbsp of ghee .( i add only when there is a guest ;) )
|** For the exact restaurant style sambhar , add a few curry leaves while roasting the ingredients given for sambhar powder.|
** Also try adding a tsp of grated coconut for additional flavor while roasting.
** Add veggies like brinjal , Drumstick and carrot to make it more healthy.
In this sambhar we should add very less tamarind extract.So it will taste mild and less spicy. If u want it more spicy & tangy , add pinched red chillies while tempering and squeeze some drops of lime juice before serving.
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