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August 27, 2015

Kerala Ulli Sambar Recipe-Onion Sambar For Idli,Dosa & Rice

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For every Onam sadya menu,I love to try varieties of Kerala style sambar.I have tried Mixed vegetable sambar and Arachuvitta sambar.This year,I prepared Ulli sambar/Onion(Shallot) sambar for the first time from this space.It was easy to make without coconut & grinding job and tasted yummy.It was a good side dish for idli,dosa & tiffin varieties like pongal,upma and it was also a good accompaniment for plain rice.We loved this sambar very much.The highlight of this recipe is that the spice powders are roasted & mixed with the sambar at the end.It gives a superb flavor to the sambar and tastes more like hotel ones.You can try this sambar for mini idli.It tastes awesome with ghee.Do try this easy sambar recipe for this Onam sadya and enjoy.Lets see the preparation of Kerala style ulli sambar .
Check out our Tamil nadu style Vengaya sambar recipe for rice.

Kerala Ulli Sambar Recipe

Kerala Ulli Sambar Recipe Kerala Ulli Sambar Recipe - How to make Shallot/Small Onion sambar for idli,dosa & rice
Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Side dish
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 200ml
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind - Medium lemon size
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp ( for sauting)
  • Small onion/Shallots - 20 nos
  • Green chillies – 1-2 nos
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Jaggery – 1/2 tsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida - a pinch
  • Red chilli - 1 no
To garnish
  • Coriander leaves - as needed
  • Soak tamarind in war water and take the extract using 1 cup of water.Pressure cook toor dal adding enough water,turmeric powder & a pinch of hing.Mash well and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and saute the small onions,green chillies,curry leaves till onion turns transparent. Add the tomato pieces,salt & saute till mushy.

  • Add the tamarind extract,turmeric powder and boil well. Add jaggery.After the onions are cooked well,add the mashed dal.

  • Heat oil in a kadai and when its heated , splutter mustard seeds,cumin seeds,hing,sambar powder,red chilli powder & dhania powder.Mix well in medium flame and add everything to the sambar.Boil well for a minute.Add raw curry leaves.Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy !

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  • Make sure you don’t burn the masala powders while roasting.
  • Adding them at the end is the highlight of this ulli sambar.So do follow the same.
  • Add more chilli powder & sambar powder as per your taste.
  • You can also add big onions if you don’t have small onions in hand.But small onions gives the nice flavor.
Enjoy Kerala style Ulli sambar with by mixing with plain rice & ghee.It can also be had with Idli,dosa & pongal !

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