Sambar is a very popular and a traditional dish in South India . It is served along with Steamed Rice , or Idly and Dosa. It is made using the pigeon peas / Toor dhal . It is can also be called as Lentil Soup .
|Sambar Recipe / Indian Lentil soup / சாம்பார்|
- Toor dal - 1 cup
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Hing - 1 pinch
- Salt - To taste
- Oil - 2 tsp
- Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
- Urad dal -1 tsp
- Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Red chilli - 2 no
- Onions - 1 no , diced
- Tomatoes - 1 no , chopped
- Tamarind juice - 1/4 cup
- Any vegetable - chopped ( I used Drum Sticks )
- Sambar powder - 2 tsp
In a pressure cooker, add the toor dhal,some water,turmeric powder, hing and pressure cook for 3 whistles.Mash it up . Set aside . ( I added few chopped tomatoes , but this is optional )
In a kadai, heat oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal, methi seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, and fry for few seconds .
Now add the onions cook till the onions become translucent.Add tomatoes and cook till soft .
Now add the chopped vegetables , sambhar powder, salt and tamarind juice and allow the contents to boil .
Transfer these contents to the cooked toor dal and mix well.
Check for salt and allow it to cook in pressure cooker for 1 whistle or cook in open pan for 15 -20 minutes till the vegetables are cooked.