I know this is going to sound really weird, but this is the sambar that I made for Onam...and it actually turned out good! In fact, this is the very first time I made sambar..ever!!! And I didnt hear too many complaints, in fact I can proudly say that it finished pretty quickly :). The only tough part would be peeling each of the shallots individually, but if they are big enough, it should'nt take too long. I was intending to make the sambar the day before, but mom told me to do it on the day we were serving the sadya because sambar tends to get thick as time flies. So, here we are! This recipe is courtesy Easy Cooking which is now officially one of my all time fave blogs! I have made a few changes though, not too many. Do check out her semiya kheer and pal ada payasam recipes..they are simply the best! For now, please don't ignore poor old me...On to the recipe!
INGREDIENTS (Serves 6-9)
INGREDIENTS (Serves 6-9)
- Shallots/Pearl Onions/Kochu ulli- 1 cup (approximately 25- 30), peeled and slit into 2 or 3 slices through the middle
- Toor dal- 1/2 cup
- Green chillies- 3, slit through the middle
- Tomato- 1 medium sized, chopped roughly into cubes
- Tamarind/Valan puli- 1 lime sized ball soaked in a half cup of hot water for 15 minutes
- Sambar powder- 3 teaspoons
- Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
- Asafoeteda/Hing//Kayam- A pinch
- Jaggery- 1 teaspoon (optional)- I did not use this
- Salt to taste
- Coriander leaves- For garnish
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil/1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- A pinch of fenugreek seeds/uluva
- 2 dry red chillies
- Curry leaves- A sprig or 2
- Add the toor dal along with the tomato, green chilies, a few curry leaves, a few coriander leaves, turmeric powder, salt to taste and a cup of water to a pressure cooker. Pressure cook this for up to 4 whistles.
- Ina saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and a teaspoon of ghee. Alternatively, you can use just the oil.
- Saute the shallots for about 5-7 minutes till they start to change color and the raw smell disappears.
- Add the sambar powder, hing and salt and saute fora few seconds.
- Add the tamarind water and the cooked dal mixture.
- Bring this to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes or till you reach the consistency of your choice.
- If adding jaggery, add at this stage.
- In a separate pan, heat the oil/ghee, splutter mustard seeds followed by the fenugreek seeds, chillies and curry leaves.
- Pour this over the sambar, garnish with coriander leaves and cover immediately.
Sambar tends to thicken as time passes. Prior to serving the sambar, in case you feel it's too thick, pour some water from the kettle to loosen it a bit. Remember to use only hot water, else the taste changes.
Delicious onion sambar is ready!! Ready for the pics? Here we go...
So, what do you think? This is an easy breezy sambar with absolutely no veggies, but that is still scrumptious. So do try it out and let me know it turns out.