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Sambar (South Indian)

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  Arhar dal 250 Gram
  Ghee 2 Tablespoon
  Onions 2
  Mustard seeds 2 Teaspoon
  Drumsticks 200 Gram
  Fenugreek seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Kukum 15 Gram
  Turmeric 1 Teaspoon
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Use As Needed)
  Tamarind 60 Gram
  Tomatoes 3 Medium
  Whole red chilies 4
  White cumin seeds 2 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste

1 For the sambar powder: in a grinder jar, combine 4 tbsps coriander seeds, 12 black peppercorns, 6 whole red chillies and 1/2 fresh coconut; grind until powdered.
2 In two bowls, soak tamarind and kukum separately.
3 In a pan, cook arhar dal with water, turmeric and 1 tbsp ghee until tender.
4 Cut drumsticks into 5 cm pieces.
5 Put them in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes.
6 Remove from the water.
7 Add the drumsticks to the dal along with sliced onions and big pieces of tomatoes, cook for ten minutes.
8 In a pan, heat ghee.
9 Add in mustard seeds and four red chillies, fry until brown,.
10 Add in methi seeds and fry until light brown.
11 Add to the dal.
12 Add in tamarind pulp, kukum, salt and sambahar powder, cook for ten minutes.
13 If thick, add 2 1/2 cups of hot water to dilute.
14 Add in chopped coriander leaves and ground white cuminseeds.
15 Cook for another 5 minutes.

16 Serve piping hot with dosa, idli or rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
South Indian
Side Dish
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 317 Calories from Fat 84

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g14.7%

Saturated Fat 3.4 g16.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 13.4 mg4.5%

Sodium 83.8 mg3.5%

Total Carbohydrates 42 g14%

Dietary Fiber 9.2 g36.9%

Sugars 9.8 g

Protein 18 g35.9%

Vitamin A 14.9% Vitamin C 36.6%

Calcium 11.1% Iron 26.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Sambar (South Indian) Recipe