Mixed Vegetable Sambar - it is quite popular among Indians and for those who wonder what it is? It is the most flavorful soup like dish, which is often eaten with rice as a main course along with some vegetable side dish and appalam / papad. Also it accompanies great with idly, dosa recipes. It is completely healthy as it provides proteins from pulses, anti-oxidants & lot of fibre from veggies and spices. Some of the veggies that suits best for sambar are carrot, pumpkin, brinjal, drumstick, potatoes, raddish, okra, broad beans, french beans, shallots, onions and tomato. This is the easy and quick method, I usually follow to make sambar as it is less time consuming. In this recipe, I used freshly prepared homemade Sambar Pwd. Try this Indian mixed Vegetable Sambar recipe and give us your feedback..!
Toor dal - 1 cup
Chopped veggies - 1 bowl
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Tamarind - small piece
Oil -2 tsp
Mustard - ¼ tsp
Cumin - ½ tsp
Split urad dal - ½ tsp
Fenugreek seeds - ½ tsp
Green chilly - 1
Curry leaves - 6 to 7
Red chilly - 1
Hing / asafetida - a generous pinch
Turmeric pwd - ¼ tsp
Red chilly pwd - ¾ to 1 tsp
Coriander pwd - 1 ½ tsp
Sambar Pwd - 1 tsp
Fresh coriander leaves
Salt to taste
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Chop all the colorful & nutritious veggies like carrot, potato, beans, brinjal, drumstick, radish, ladies finger, etc as per your own
choice and keep it ready.
Slice onion and tomato to fine slices.
Wash and soak toor dal for 10 mins.
Add enough water and pressure cook, till the dal is mushy and completely cooked.
Open the lid, mash the lentils and keep aside.
Keep thick tamarind paste by soaking tamarind in warm water for 10 mins and once the tamarind turns soft, squeeze the
tamarind and remove the pulp.
Now heat oil in a fry pan.
Add mustard, cumin, split urad dal, fenugreek seeds, green chilly, curry leaves, red chilly and hing.
Allow to splutter.
Add onion and fry till transculent.
Add mashed tomato and saute for a minute.
Now add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, coriander pwd, salt and combine.
Stir for a minute.
Now add the chopped veggies and stir well until the veggies are coated with the spice masala.
Add 1 cup of water and cook covered in medium flame for 4 to 5 mins.
Simmer for few more minutes.
Once the veggies are done, add the mashed dal.
Add some warm water if required to give a medium consistency for sambar.
You can see the consistency of the sambar in the below pic.
Allow to boil for 3 to 4 mins.
Now add the thick tamarind juice and stir well.
Cook further for 2 mins.
Add sambar pwd, mix well and allow to boil.
Enjoy the aroma and flavors from the tempting mixture getting infused from the sambar.
Taste and adjust salt and seasonings.
Turn off flame.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice, idly, dosas, uthappams, etc.
We had the sambar with rice and aloo roast.