Sambar: Indian Vegetable Stew
Samber is an Indian vegetable stew with tamarind that is typically served with Idlis, Vadas or rice. Here is a simple recipe to try at home.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2cups Toor or Tuvar (split yellow pigeon peas)
- 4tablespoons Sambar Masala
- 1cup chopped eggplant (cut into 2"cubes)
- 1cup chopped potato (cut into 1"cubes)
- 10pearl onions, peeled and cored
- 10-12 baby okra
- ½cup pumpkin
- 10-12, 3" long pieces of drumstick (optional)
- Golf ball-sized lump of tamarind
- 3tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
- 1teaspoon mustard seeds
- 8-10 curry leaves
- 3dry red chilies
- Salt to taste
- Chopped fresh coriander leaves to taste
Step 1Boil the pigeon peas (lentils) and sambar masala with enough water till they are soft. The consistency should be that of a thick soup.
Step 2Soak the tamarind in a small bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Squeeze well to remove all juice.
Step 3Add this purée to the lentils. Mix well. Add salt to taste.
Step 4Simmer and add the potatoes to the lentils. Cook until the potatoes are half cooked. Now add the other vegetables and optional drumsticks, and cook until done.
Step 5Heat the ghee in a small pan and add the curry leaves, dry red chilies, and mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Fry until the spluttering stops and add to the boiled lentils. Mix well.
Step 6Garnish with chopped green coriander . Serve hot with Idlis , Vadas or plain boiled rice.