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Easy Sambar | No-Grind Sambar

Easy Sambar
Sambar is a South Indian gravy prepared using toor dal . It is  served as a side dish to Rice, Idli, Dosa, Paniyaram and Utapam. Sambar is one of the comforting and healthy food. There are two ways of making sambar. One involves grinding the spices and time consuming. The second method  with no grinding  and less time consuming is explained below. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Sambar -Easy Version.

Preparation Time:     10 mins
Cook Time :                15 mins
Ready in :                   25 mins
Yields :                        4 Servings 
No grind Sambar

Oil1 tbsp
Mustard1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves4
Garlic chopped lengthwise4
Onion or shallots1/2 cup
Tomato chopped1/3 Cup
Turmeric Powder1/4 tsp
Chilli Powder2 tsp
Coriander Powder1/2 tsp
Red Gram Dhal / Toor Dhal   1/2 Cup
Tamarind 1/4 lemon size
Sambar Powder (Optional)1 tsp
Jaggery / Sugar (Optional)1/4 tsp
Coriander Leaves2 stalk

  • Wash Red Gram Dhal/Toor Dhal(Thuvaram paruppu) and  soak for 30 minutes. Pressure cook it for 4 or 5 whistles.
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  • Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the seeds and fibre to get the tamarind juice. Filter the seeds and fibre. Add tamarind juice to cooked dhal and also add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, sambar powder and coriander leaves.
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  • Heat 1 tbsp of Oil and add mustard, cumin seeds.
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  • When they splutter, add curry leaves, shallots and Garlic. Fry till onions turn translucent. Add tomato and fry til they turn mushy.
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  • Add dhal and 1/2 cup water.Mix well. When the sambar boils, add jaggery/ sugar and allow it to cook for 5 mins till Sambar thickens
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Easy Sambar
Sambar in 30 mins

  • Adding Jaggery/ Sugar is optional.
  • For Idli and Dosa side dish, sambar should be little watery, remove  2 mins after sambar boils.
  • For mixed vegetable sambar, cook the vegetables separately and add the vegetables before adding dhal.
  • For authentic Sambar check the below link          http://www.nithyasnalabagam.com/2013/02/hotel-sambar.html

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