Pearl Onion Sambhar | How to make Pearl Onion Sambhar

By Sujata Limbu  |  24th Aug 2015  |  
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About Pearl Onion Sambhar Recipe

The famous South Indian Sambar cooked with shallots/ pearl onions. Soft and delicious pearl onions simmered and cooked in spiced tamarind water but in the Malyalee preparation there's a bit of coconut that is native makes it very Kerala

Pearl Onion Sambhar

Ingredients to make Pearl Onion Sambhar

  • 150 grams pearl onions (20 -22)
  • 1-2 Drumstick pieces
  • 2 cups water (to pressure cook)
  • ½ cup toor dal
  • 1 small sized tomato
  • 2 teaspoon sambar powder
  • ½ tablespoon tamarind soaked in water
  • ĵ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 340 ml water
  • salt to taste
  • 9 to 10 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/2 fresh coconut grated

How to make Pearl Onion Sambhar

  1. Wash the dal and pressure cook it along with the turmeric powder. Let the dal cook for 15-20 minutes until 7-8 whistle blows.
  2. In the meantime, soak the tamarind in a little hot water for 15-20 minutes.After this time period, extract the pulp from the tamarind. Keep this aside.
  3. Also soak the onions in water for a time period of 20-30 minutes.
  4. Once the dal is completely cooked, mash it using the back of a ladle and keep aside.
  5. After the onions are completely soaked, peel them and keep aside. Wash the tomato and finely chop it.
  6. Take a pot/pan, and heat the oil in it. Add in the mustard seeds and the urad dal. Let the seeds pop and saute till the dal turns into a slightly maroon color.
  7. Take the dried red chilies, grated coconut, sambar powder and fenugreek seeds. Saute once again till the chilies change color. Cool and grind.
  8. In the popped mustard seeds put in the peeled onions and curry leaves together. Give it a good stir and saute till the onions become transparent.
  9. Once the onions are cooked, put in the drumsticks along with the finely chopped tomato and a pinch of asafoetida. Stir this mixture well and cook till the tomato pieces are soft.
  10. Add the coconut mix to this. Next pour in the extracted tamarind pulp, also pour in water and stir this well so that the flavours combine together.
  11. Let it simmer and cook until the raw smell of tamarind fades away.
  12. Then add in the sambar powder, mashed dal and give it a good stir. You can add more water if needed, also add salt as per your taste and mix it well.
  13. Let this sambar simmer for another 6-7 minutes.
  14. Once cooked, serve warm with dosa, idli or freshly cooked rice.

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Swetha Ravindran3 years ago

no where mentioned to add drumstick ...

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