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Masala Sambar

Jul-17-2016
Sudha Sridhar
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
Serves
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ABOUT Masala Sambar RECIPE

This is a fusion dish with spices from both North and South India. An original recipe of my grandmother's a Sunday favourite in our house.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. shallots (Small sambar onions) - 12 -15
  2. cauliflower - 3-4 florets
  3. Boiled potato - 1 ( diced)
  4. Raw banana - 1 (diced)
  5. tamarind pulp - 1/2 - 3/4 cup (as per your taste for sourness)
  6. Fennel seeds (saunf) - 1tbsp
  7. cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch
  8. Poppy seeds (Khus) - 1/2 tsp
  9. Black cardamom - 1
  10. coriander seeds (Dhania) - 1 tbsp
  11. Split chickpea (Chana dal) - 1 tbsp
  12. Dry red chillies - 4-6
  13. Fresh coconut - 2-3 tbsp
  14. Roasted split chickpea (Chutney dal)
  15. onion - 1/2 diced ( for the sauce )
  16. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  17. Curry leaves - a few
  18. Asaefotida - 1/2 tsp
  19. turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  20. oil - 3-4 tbsp
  21. salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Dry roast fennel, cinnamon, poppy seeds and black cardamom till they are lightly toasted.
  2. Take 1 tbsp of oil in a wok and fry coriander seeds, split chickpea and dry red chillies till golden.
  3. Parboil the cauliflower florets and raw banana in a microwave on high for about 7 mins.
  4. Take a heavy bottomed pan and add 2-3 tbsp of oil. Once the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter. Add the curry leaves and shallots and saute till golden brown.
  5. Add the tamarind pulp, asafoetida and turmeric powder and a little water and let this mixture boil for about 5 -7 mins.
  6. In the meanwhile grind all the roasted and fried spices with raw onion, coconut and chutney dal to a smooth paste.
  7. Add the parboiled veggies and the ground spice paste and adjust with water for consistency. Add salt and bring to a boil.
  8. Serve hot with plain boiled rice.

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