Saturday, February 4, 2017

Capsicum Radish Sambar for Beginners

This post is exclusively for beginners.There are many methods in which sambar can be made.This is the usual / easiest method for new entrants


Ingredients 

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 - Tamarind Extract
  • Tamarind - big lemon sized ball
  • Luke warm water - 2 cups
Soak tamarind in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.Squeeze and extract the juice..Discard the pulp

Part 3 - Vegetables and Powders
  • Oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Hing - little
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilly - 1
  • Tomato - 1
  • Capsicum - 1 (cut into big cubes)
  • Radish - 1 medium sized (cut into rounds)
  • Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sambar Powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Salt - 1 1/2 teaspoons
Part 4 - Seasoning
  • Ghee - 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Hing - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - little
Method
Step 1 - Saute Vegetables
  • Heat oil in a kadai.Add hing, methi seeds and red chilly to it
  • Put capsicum and saute it for 3 minutes
  • Add tomato pieces and cook till it is soft
  • Add radish and saute it

Step 2 - Sambar
  • Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and mix well
  • Pour tamarind extract and put salt.Let it boil for 5 minutes or till radish gets cooked
  • Add boiled and mashed toor dhal ,Blend it well
  • Let it boil

Step 3 - Seasoning
  • Meanwhile in a small ladle / kadai heat ghee and season with mustard, hing , curry leaves
  • Pour the seasonings over the cooked sambar and switch off the stove
Sambar is ready to be served with rice