Monday, July 27, 2009

Cucumber Sambar

Today, is one of those days when i feel a bit needy for some nice sippy food... so here comes in our handy south indian recipes. Cucumber sambar is one of the nicest things i learned after meeting Vani Didi. She just tossed a handful of cucumber along with other sambar ingredients and it came out gr8.... lovely and aromatic.
so here goes the recipe.

Serves : 3-4

Toor dal 3/4th cup
Onion 1 small size
Potato 1 medium size
Cucumber 1 medium size
Tomato 1 small size
Fresh Coriander handful
Green chillies 2
Ginger as per taste
Curry Leaves 2 sprigs
Turmeric 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Urad dal 1 tbs
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Hing one pinch
Sambar powder 1 1/2 tbs
Oil 2 tbs

Method :

Wash and soak dal for 30 mins. Pressure cook it after adding turmeric. Also put potato in pressure cooker in a different container.

Cut all veggies and prepare all other ingredients as required.

remove dal frm cooker and mash it with hand mixie or hand churn ladle. add sambar powder, salt and red chilli powder.

In a heavy bottom utensil add oil and prepare tempering, once oil is hot enough add urad dal and mustard seeds, add hing once they start sputtering. Add green chillies and ginger along with cucumber, onion, boiled potatoes and fresh curry leaves. Saute`e for a few mins and then add the mashed dal mixture to it. Bring it to boil and garnish it with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Adjust water and salt as per ur need.

Enjoy it with boiled rice or with dosa or idli of ur choice.

My plan is hearty dish of chaval and sambar along with papad and aachar..... hmmm yummm.

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