Hotel Sambar


1 cup cooked redgram dal
1/2 cup cooked greengram dal
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste
Lemon sized ball of tamarind soaked in water
1 tsp jaggery
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 big onion-chopped
1 tomato-chopped
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves

Masala powder-

3 tsp coriander seeds
3 tsp bengalgram dal
2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2-3 Red chillies
2 tsp rice

Roast the coriander seeds, bengalgram dal and fenugreek seeds in a drop of oil. Then roast the red chillies seperately. Cool and grind all the masala ingredients together.

Heat 1 tsp oil, add mustard seeds. When it splutters add curry leaves and then the onions. Fry for a minute and add tomatoes. When it becomes mushy, add the tamarind extract, turmeric powder, salt, red chilli powder and jaggery. Cook for 3-4 minutes and add the masala paste. Then add the cooked dals and more water as required. Cook for five minutes till the sambar is of the desired consistency and garnish with coriander leaves.

Tastes great with rice or South Indian breakfasts like idli, dosa, upma and pongal.
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Happy cook said...

Wow that sambar looks really yumm.
greengram is that cherupayar.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks great! I love sambhar - never get it done like hotel ones though...
Quick question - do you add all the masala or do you keep 1/2 aside for next time ?

Asha said...

Sounds great, must try when I come back! :)

EC said...

Thanks Happy gram dal is moong dal

Thanks HCOF..I added the entire masala

EC said...

Thanks Asha..This is the one which I felt was closest to the hotel sambar and hence named it so..Do try it

Prathibha said...

Loved the color of sambar.....lovely entry..:)

Valarmathi said...

Looks delicious. Lovely sambar.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nice color and its such a delectable and a yummy side for rice and should be perfect with Dosa... Love to taste it now....

Suparna said...

Hi EC,
I always feel that it's quite hard to get the same taste as hotel sambaar, ur recipe looks promising, shall try it for the weekend with idli's :) thanks.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow yum...yum...

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks delicious.. must be awesome with mini idlis.

a2zvegetariancuisine said...

Looks really delicious. A definite try out recipe. Green gram is it Payathamparuppu and red gram is it masoor dhal?

Priya said...

Looks delicious!

EC said...

Thanks all of you...hope you try it out and like it too

@ a2z...its payatamparuppu

Uma said...

My sambar never gets the taste of hotel sambar. Must try your method. Looks so yummy.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

yummy! love the color!

Parita said...

Looks very delicious..will definately be trying this soon :)

jayasri said...

wow, sambhar looks delicious...., must try this...., the colour is very enchanting.

uthra said...

It turned out really good:) exactly as hotel sambar!
thanks a ton!!!

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