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Festival Special Vegetable Sambar Recipe

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Festival Special Vegetable Sambar Recipe | Kerala Style | with step by step photos and video. South Indian lentil stew made with vegetables, lentils, and a special blend of spices.

The south Indian cuisine offers a variety of sambar recipes. In addition, there are subtle differences between the sambar prepared in a temple feast, in-house, and in restaurants. From region to region & from state to set there are a variety of sambar recipes. The recipe I am sharing here with you is normally how a sambar is prepared on a festive occasion in Kerala, mainly on Onam sadhya.

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Festival Special Vegetable Sambar Recipe | Kerala Style | with step by step photos and video. South Indian lentil and vegetable stew made with lentils, tamarind, and a unique spice blend called sambar powder. A basic sambar recipe will have a mix of one or two types of vegetables along with lentils, tamarind, sambar powder, and a few spices. This festive sambar recipe has a mix of a variety of veggies. This mix of veggies makes it special. Lastly, best enjoyed with rice, idli, or dosa. You can prefer the veggies of your choice.

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Festival Special Vegetable Sambar Recipe

Course: CurryCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Intermediate
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Total time

50

minutes

Festival Special Vegetable Sambar Recipe | Kerala Style | with step by step photos and video. South Indian lentil stew made with vegetables, lentils, and a special blend of spices.

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Ingredients

  • Salt as required

  • Water as needed

  • Pressure Cooking Dal
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

  • Vegetables
  • 1 Potato

  • 1 small piece Yam

  • 1 small piece Snake Gourd

  • 1 Carrot

  • 3 to 4 Ivy Gourd/Kovakkai

  • 3 to 4 Green Chillies

  • 2 to 3 Long Beans

  • 1 Brinjal

  • 1 small piece Pumpkin

  • 1 small piece Cucumber

  • 2 to 3 Beans

  • 3 to4 Ladies Finger

  • 2 Drumsticks

  • 1 Tomato

  • Coriander Leaves as needed

  • Masala Powders
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder

  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida Powder

  • 3 tsp Sambar Powder

  • For Tamarind Juice
  • Soak 1 gooseberry sized tamarind in 1/2 cup water

  • For Tempering
  • Coconut Oil as needed

  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds

  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds

  • 3 to 4 Dry Red Chillies

  • some curry leaves

Directions

  • Firstly let us rinse ½ cup toor dal a couple of times in water.
  • Drain all the water and add the dal in a pressure cooker. Also, add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder & ½ tsp salt.mix vegetable sambar
  • Add 3 cups of water and mix. Cover and pressure cook dal for 1 whistle. (Pressure cooking time differs for everyone based on your cooker)mix vegetable sambar
  • When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid & add the first set of chopped vegetables into the pressure cooker along with the dal. mix vegetable sambar
  • First set of veggies includes 1 Potato, 1 small piece yam, 1 small piece Snake Gourd, 1 Carrot, 3 to 4 Kovakkai 3 to 4 Green Chilies, 2 to 3 Long Beans, 1 Brinjal, 1 small piece Pumpkin, 1 small piece Cucumber, 2 to 3 Beans.mix vegetable sambar
  • Add the veggies of your choice & check for the water consistency also. I am having enough water. So I am not adding extra water here.mix vegetable sambar
  • Close & pressure cook these veggies along with the dal for 1 whistle over a high flame.
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid. Give a nice mix & keep it aside.mix vegetable sambar
  • Preparing Sambar
  • Now let us prepare the masala for the sambar.
  • Place a Kadai over low flame & add ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chili powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, ¼ tsp kaayam/hing powder, 3 tsp sambar powder.mix vegetable sambarmix vegetable sambar
  • Dry roast these spices until the raw smell disappears.
  • Once the smell disappears add the cooked veggies & dal mix with the masala powders. Mix well & let it boil. mix vegetable sambarmix vegetable sambar
  • When it starts to boil add the tamarind juice extracted from a gooseberry size tamarind into the sambar. Add salt as required & mix well.
  • Now let us add the 2nd set of veggies ( easy cooking chopped veggies) : 1 tomato, 2 drumsticks & 3 to 4 lady’s finger.mix vegetable sambarmix vegetable sambar
  • Mix & cook these veggies until it is done.
  • Add some coriander leaves. Check for salt & consistency & switch off the flame.mix vegetable sambar
  • Tempering
  • For tempering add 2 to 3 tbsp coconut oil & add a shallot finely chopped. Saute until it turns aromatic & golden brown in color. mix vegetable sambar
  • Then add ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds, ½ tsp mustard seeds, 3 to 4 dried red chilies & some curry leaves.mix vegetable sambar
  • Switch off the flame & pour this hot temper into the sambar.
  • Add a pinch of sambar powder to this hot oil & close the lid. Mix the sambar while serving. By doing this enhances the flavor of sambar.mix vegetable sambarmix vegetable sambar
  • Our sadhya special sambar is ready.mix vegetable sambar

Notes

  • Add a pinch of sambar powder to this hot oil & close the lid. Mix the sambar while serving. By doing this enhances the flavor of sambar.

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