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Sambar is a traditional dish of South India cuisine. Here is a simple recipe for making this lip smacking delicacy.
  Masoor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Red split lentils)
  Water 1 7⁄100 Liter
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Curry leaves 15 (10-15)
For sambar
  Tamarind paste 200 Gram
  Cayenne pepper powder 1 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Fresh curry leaves 10 (8-10)
  Molasses 1⁄4 Teaspoon, grated
  Eggplant 1 Small, cut into 4 halves
  Drumstick 1 , cut into 1 inch pieces
  Okra 4 , cut into 1 inch pieces (Ladies finger)
  Salt To Taste
For the ground masala
  Urad dal 1⁄4 Teaspoon (White gram lentils)
  Coriander seeds 2 Teaspoon
  Fenugreek seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Whole dry red chilies 2
  Grated coconut 1 Teaspoon
  Coconut oil 1 Teaspoon
For the tempering
  Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Fresh curry leaves 7 (6-7)

For Dry Ground Masala:
1. In blender add white gram lentil, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilies, grated coconut, and coconut oil. Blend into a fine paste.

To Cook Lentil:
2. In a pan add water (800ml) and masoor dal (Red split lentils). Cover with a lid and let boil until the lentils become very soft and pureed.
3. Once the lentils are cooked and almost pureed, add fresh curry leaves, and turmeric powder. Stir well.
For Sambar:
4. In a separate bowl add tamarind paste, and water (250 ml). Squeeze the tamarind paste until the water changes color. Sieve the tamarind water into a pan.
5. Add cayenne pepper powder, asafetida powder, fresh curry leaves, and salt to taste.
6. Once it boils, add grated molasses and mix well.
7. Add eggplant, and drumstick pieces. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.
8. Add the cooked lentils and mix well. Let it come to a boil and then add ladies finger, dry ground masala (1 tsp), water (20 ml) and stir well. Pour the sambhar in a serving bowl.
For Tempering:
9. In a small pan add coconut oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
10. Add fresh curry leaves, and dry red chilies. Pour the tempering into the bowl with sambar.

11. Serve hot.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
South Indian
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 95 Calories from Fat 14

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 2 g2.7%

Saturated Fat 0.55 g2.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 35.4 mg1.5%

Total Carbohydrates 14 g4.8%

Dietary Fiber 6.6 g26.5%

Sugars 1.3 g

Protein 6 g12.9%

Vitamin A 2.4% Vitamin C 4.2%

Calcium 2.4% Iron 9.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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