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How To Make Sambar For Idli

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Learn how to make sambar, a spicy South Indian vegetable soup.
  Toor dal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (soaked in water)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fenugreek 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Clove 3
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coriander seeds 1 Teaspoon
  White mustrad 1 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 2 Teaspoon
  Dry red chilies 2
  Garlic chutney 1 Tablespoon
  Curry leaves 6
  Salt To Taste
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Carrot 2 , sliced
  Potatoes 2 , cubed (peeled)
  Pumpkin 1 Cup (16 tbs), cubed (peeled)
  Zucchini 1⁄2 , sliced
  Cucumber 1 , sliced
  Drumstick 2 (remove the skin and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  Coriander leaves 1⁄8 Cup (2 tbs)
For idli
  Idli batter 500 Milliliter (ready made)
  Oil 2 Teaspoon (For greasing)

1. In a pot, boil dal in water until soft and tender.
2. In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Add curry leaves, dry red chilies, white mustard, coriander seeds, cumin, black mustard, fenugreek, black pepper and clove. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
3. In another pan, heat remaining oil and add carrot, potatoes, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin and drum stick.
4. Keep stirring and cook them for 5 minutes or until tender.
5. Add coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and garlic chutney. Mix them with vegetables.
6. Add vegetable mix into the dal. Stir well then season with sautéed spices.
7. Mix well and simmer for a few minutes.
8. Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves.

9. Serve the Sambar with idli or dosa.

1. In the idli maker, pour water in the bottom and bring to a boil.
2. Ladle the idli batter into the idli moulds.
3. Place the idli moulds and steam for about 20 minutes.

4. Serve the Idli with sambar and coriander chutney.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
South Indian
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Would you like to prepare a yummy sambar this weekend for your family? Watch this video to learn a step by step demo of how you can prepare this South Indian delicacy at home.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 395 Calories from Fat 64

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g11.1%

Saturated Fat 0.64 g3.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 780 mg32.5%

Total Carbohydrates 69 g22.9%

Dietary Fiber 9.1 g36.3%

Sugars 2.1 g

Protein 17 g33.1%

Vitamin A 78% Vitamin C 27.2%

Calcium 5.7% Iron 12.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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