This is a very nice sambar made with small onions, fried and ground along with some spices. You will get a rich aroma and this sambar tastes so good. I learnt this recipe from my husband’s grandmother.
|Toor dhal||– ½ cup|
|Small onions||– 1 cup|
|Turmeric powder||– ¼ tsp.|
|Grated coconut||– ½ cup|
|Chilli powder||– 2 to 3 tsp.|
|Dhania powder||– 1 tsp.|
|Salt||– as needed or 1 ½ tsp.|
|Tamarind||– 1 small lemon sized|
|Oil||– 3 tsps.|
|Mustard||– 1 tsp.|
|Ured dhal||– ½ tsp.|
|Channa dhal||– 2 tsp.|
|Curry leaves||– a handful for garnishing|
- Soak tamarind in hot water for some time.
- Cook toor dhal well and keep aside.
- Peel the onions and cut the tomatoes into four.
- In a pan, heat 1 tsp. of oil and add channa dhal.
- Fry for 1 minute and then add small onions, cut tomatoes, chilli powder, grated coconut and Dhania powder and fry them well till you get nice aroma and onions are cooked well.
- When it cools down, grind it in a mixer to a smooth paste by adding little water.
- In a pan, heat oil and splutter mustard and add ured dhal.
- When it turns red, add cooked toor dhal, ground mixture and tamarind extract and two cups of water.
- Boil for ten minutes in low flame by mixing well.
- Garnish with curry leaves and serve hot with cooked rice.