Thursday 29 November 2007



Linda from Out of the garden is hosting the JFI Toor dal.
She had written that we can post even our older posts so if you have not send anything for her you can check you older post and send it in .

I thought i will make sambar for her as when ever i make dosa at home i make sambar too, but then i've to add drumsticks in it as my daughter and hubby loves drumsticks in sambar.

This is the way my sister makes a sambar she cooks the vegetables with the sambar powder. Lot of my indian vegetarian recipes are from her as she cooks delicious vegetarian dishes.
Back at home we had almost everyday dal.My mom used to make lot of different dishes with dal.


Toor dal 100 gms
1 tsp turmeric
Vegetables 250 gm ( i used beans, drumsticks, onions etc...)
Tamarind size of a lime.
Add warm water and make a pasteSambar powder 3 tbspSalt to taste

To temper:
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Whole dry red chillies
Curry leaves few
Oil 2 tbsp.

Cook toor dal with the turmeric.
Cook the vegetables seperate with the sambar powder and salt .
When the vegetables are 3/4 cooked add the tamarind paste.
Add the cooked dal ( add more water if u need) Cook for few more minutes.

Heat in a small pan the oil and add the mustard seeds, when it pops add the rest of the tempering things fry for few seconds and pour it to the dal mixture , mix well.
Serve with rice or dosa etc.


Kribha said...

It's lunchtime HC and I'm having sambar too. Loved the variety of vegetables you have used there. Nice entry for the event.

Grihini said...

looks good

FH said...

OOH! I love drumsticks Sambhar, I only get frozen ones.Great entry F, looks yum. I would love some rice now!:))
See you in 2 weeks darling girl, take care.

Seena said...

Sambar, I love in different forms, my favourite is that one with roasted coconut..

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

sambha is such a comfort food naa... I just love it!! Perfect entry for the event

Suma Gandlur said...

I see that You get fresh drumsticks at your place. Here I have to pay around 10$ for a pound of wilted ones.
Sambhar looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

Yum, I am not hungry for sambar.

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Happy, This sambar looks delicious I would love to dip some fresh crispy bread into it yum. I can't get smabar powder here, what is it made up off please?

Rina said...

Love the drumstick sambar Happy. I can smell teh sambar here, where is the plate of rice and papad to go with it.

Seema Bhat said...

Drumsticks in sambar makes the sambar taste extra something right? I love the flavor that it tends to sambar. Nice traditional entry buddy.

Cynthia said...

Hey, I want some of that drumstick :)

remya said...

love these drumsticks sambar....i perfer to hav wid idli or dosa than rice....its nice to add variety of veggies...healthier option..

Anonymous said...

Dear HC, how lovely this sambhar looks!! I too am noticing those beautiful fresh drumsticks, must make this very special indeed :) I haven't heard of cooking the veggies with sambhar powder, I must try this way next time.

Thank you so much for sharing your family recipe for JFI Toor Dal :)

VINI said...

hey guess what...I am wondering what to cook. I wish I could have that drumstick sambar :). I don't get to buy fresh drumsticks here, so I make do with the frozen ones. Tastes the same, so no worries. I'll be back to check out more of ur recipes.

TBC said...

I too add drumsticks to sambar. Don't like to eat/chew on the the thing, just like the flavor it lends the dish.

Raks said...

I love the smell of drumstick in sambhar...nive entry happy cook!!

Finla said...

Kribha, i too love having sambar with rice and then the smell in you hand is wonderful isn't it ;-)

Grihni thanks

Asha I too love drimsticks in any dish. Have a wonderful 2 weeks, will surley miss you here.

Seena I too love with the roasted coconut, but i've never made them, mom mom makes it and when i was small she used to make the paste in the traditional way u know the elbow greasing :-)

Remya thanks, it is indeed a comfort food

Suma gandular, here in Belgium i've never seen fresh drumsticks, but my hubby buys it from London when he goes there, he brings loads and loads and then the first week it is always fresh drumsticks, but i freeze them too

Vegeyum Thankx

Jeena thankx, i use the ready made sambar powder, i think if u go to a Indian grocerry shop u might get it, my hubby brings it from toothing in london were there is lot of S. Indian shops.

Rina, ha ha u too love sambar with rice. Me too move it

Finla said...

Seema bhat, yeah it does give extra flavour

Cynthia you love drimsticks, do you get them there .

Remya, i love sambar with everything :-)

Linda at home my mom cook it seperate, but my sister learned it from her mother in law too cook it with the veggies as the taste of the spices go inside the veggies.

Vini when i get fresh ones i use them but i also use the frozen ones

TBC u add drimsticks in sambar and don't eat them? My hubby say i chew them like a cow, and he and daughter sucks it and i tell them all the delicious taste is un the skin ;-))))

Raks Kitchen thakx. I too love them.

Chibog in Chief said...

oh my, i think i feel like dancing Samba..with this sambar recipe..ole!!

Laavanya said...

I love the flavor of drumstick in sambhar too. As a kid, though I started off liking rasam, i love sambhar a lot now too! Looks good with all those veggies Shyamala.

Rosie said...

Looks very, very delicious YUM!
Rosie x

Lissie said...

nice entry, F! i would love to have it with idlis or rice :))

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Finla said...

dhanggit Wow you are dancing, i've to think now what i am going to do when i see your delicious recipe in your blog ;-)

Rosie Thankyou

Lissie i love it with both

Mandira said...

I love drumsticks in sambhar... looks delicious :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Sambhar may be such a regular dish! But you presented it so well dear! :) The cut vegeis are so appitising! :)

Finla said...

Mandira thankyou

Latha Narasimhan thankyou. Yeah true sambar is a very day dish. When i was home my mom made it a lot and in my sisters place it is a regular, here in my^place i mostly make then when i make dosa.

Dori said...

Mmmmm, love it...I'll have some right now :)