Bachelors out there do you want to try a quick and easy sambar recipe. This is one of the easiest way to make sambar. I usually prepare varutharacha sambar almost every alternate days. Whenever I feel tired and lazy to grind fresh masala I go for this instant and simple version. I learnt this recipe from one of my friend. An easy and quick way to make a sambar using instant sambar powder rather than a fresh masala is shared now. This is more time consuming that any other sambar. But when you taste this sambar you will never find any difference at all. It taste just as good as normal sambar which you make.
I have added all the vegetables in it available in my kitchen and had added tamarind juice and cooked daal. If you want you can avoid daal from it and can make the sambar without it. Without compromising the taste you can serve this Kerala style easy sambar with rice,idli,dosa.
- Potato – 1 (large, cubed)
- Carrot – 1 medium
- Yam – small piece
- Raw banana – 1 medium
- Drumsticks – 1 no (cut lengthwise)
- Ladies finger – 5-6 nos (cut into 1″ pieces)
- Tomato – 1 medium
- Small Onions/Shallots – Handful (cut into halves)
- Green Chilly – 2-3 (slit, lengthwise)
- Toor dal/tuvara parippu – 1 cup
- Tamarind – Gooseberry sized
- Asafoetida powder – ½ tsp
- Coriander leaves – 1 spring
- Salt – to taste
For Seasoning :
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds – 2 pinches
- Curry leaves – 1 spring
- Coriander powder – 2 tsp
- Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Sambar Powder – 3 tsp
- Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
- Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water for sometime, squeeze and take the extract from it. Keep aside.
- Pressure cook toor dal /parippu with water, 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and salt for 4- 5 whistle.
- After the pressure settles open the cooker and add the vegetables, except lady’s finger and drumstick.
- Meanwhile in a frying pan, add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and add the chopped ladies finger, saute it well, now add handful of small onion and saute till it become transparent, followed by chopped tomato, reduce the flame to medium and close pan and cook for couple of minutes. Remove from the fire and keep it aside.
- Now add the tamarind juice to cooked dal vegetable mixtures, stir and simmer on low flame for some more time, add more salt if needed.
- When the vegetables are cooked and mixed well with dal. Add fried shallots, ladies finger and tomatoes mix everything well and bring to boil.
- Sprinkle asafoetida powder(Kaaya podi) and simmer for a minute. Remove from flame and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan , add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter, add dried red chillies and half of the curry leaves and fry for a minute.
- Mix in the sambar powder, coriander powder and chilly powder and saute for couple of minutes on low flame.
- Pour the sambar to the pan mix well for a few minutes. Remove from flame and sprinkle 1/4 tsp coconut oil and add chopped coriander leaves, remaining curry leaves and keep covered till served.
- Mix the curry well before serving…Serve with steamed rice or Idli, Dosa.