Thursday, June 19, 2014

பரங்கிக்காய் சாம்பார் / Pumpkin Sambar / Parangikai Sambar

I prepare this sambar very often using small onions and fresh masala powder


Ingredients and Preparation
Part 1 - Toor dhal
  • Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
  • Water - to pressure cook
  • Methi seeds - little
  • Turmeric powder - little
  • Oil - a drop
Pressure cook toor dhal with given items for 4 whistles.Mash and keep it ready

Part 2 - Sambar Powder
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Dried red chillies - 6 nos
  • Mustard, Cumin , Methi - 1/4 teaspoon each
  • Corainder seeds - 3/4 teaspoon
Fry the above items in oil.Cool and grind it to a fine powder

Part 3 - Saute
  • Oil - little
  • Small onions - 15 nos (peel and cut into small pieces)
  • Pumpkin - 1 cup (chopped into cubes)
  • Tomato - 2 nos (small cubes)

Part 4 - Tamarind Extract
  • Tamarind - big lemon sized ball
  • Luke warm water - 2 cups
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
Soak tamarind in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.Squeeze and extract the juice.Put salt in it.Discard the pulp

Part 5 - Garnishing
  • Coconut - 1/4 cup or more (grind it with little water)
  • Coriander leaves - little
Part 6- Seasoning
  • Ghee - 1 tablesppon
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dhal - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - little
Method
  • In a kadai heat little oil and saute curry leaves and fry onions with a pinch of salt
  • Add tomatoes and saute it with a pinch of salt
  • Put pumpkin pieces and swirl it once.Cook it covered in a medium flame for about 7 minutes till it becomes soft

  • Add the mashed toor dhal and mix well
  • Add freshly prepared sambar powder (part 2).Por little water and mix well without lumps

  • Pour in the tamarind extract and let it boil for 5 minutes
  • In a separate kadai heat ghee season with items given under "Part 5" and pour it over sambar
  • Now garnish with coconut paste and coriander leaves.Mix it once and switch off the stove

Now Pumpkin Sambar is ready.You can mix with plain rice and eat with any curry/ appalam.Otherwise it can be served with Idly / Dosa