Saturday means brunch time and what could be better than a South Indian breakfast – yum and delightful !! Today’s dish is Sambar – do I really have to say anything about this? It’s everyone’s favorite, easy to make and so comforting meal when paired up with instant rice idlis or dosa. Since it’s a Navratri week I prepared a no onion no garlic sambar recipe and believe me no one in my family ( huge onion lovers) could make out the difference – it was equally good and tasty.
RECIPE DETAIL – Please do not get intimidated by the long ingredient list, most of it is just spices. Begin the recipe by boiling dal and pressure cook till its soft and tender. Second step involves cooking veggies and adding them to the cooked dal. I have prepared sambar with what all ingredients I had on hand but feel free to throw in your favorite veggies and make it more flavorful. Cook vegetables until they are soft and half cooked – do not overcook them otherwise they will become mushy and fall apart when being boiled with sambar, they should still have a bite to them.
Homemade sambar powder was added to the recipe but feel free to add any store bought sambar masala. If you do not have tamarind, add lemon juice instead. The rest of this recipe just involves simmering and preparing tadka. After tadka has been added to sambar make sure it simmers for a while – the overall combination will be super yummy and packed with flavor.
Enjoy it with steamed rice or instant rice idlis. To complement my meal tonight I have sama rice idlis along with coconut chutney. I always prepare a big batch of sambar and look forward to eat the leftovers the very next day. It’s a total lifesaver and leftover sambar taste even more delicious and yum.