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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Beans Sambhar

An everyday dish in any south Indian household, with simply changing the main vegetable from beans to drumstick or raddish or carrot or any other sambhar vegetable.

Some like it with more dal, some with a lesser dal.

How to cook Beans Sambhar...
This is what you need.
A cup of tuvar dal
A pinch of turmeric powder
A cup of beans chopped.
1 tomato chopped
5 to 6 small onions chopped roughly
A small size of tamarind.
Rock salt as required
Sambhar chilli powder specially made by each household as per their custom.

For tempering:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal
Cumin seeds
Curry leaves

This is what you do:
Boil the tuvar dal along with turmeric powder for one whistle in the pressure cooker.
Soak the tamarind along with rock salt in water and keep aside.
Add the beans, tomato and onions to the dal, and add little water and pressure cook it again for one whistle. My mother would usually prefer to boil it in the pan rather than pressure cook it due to over boiling of the vegetables making it really soft. But I am used to making my sambhar this way and it is easier too.
Once it is pressure cooked. Add the tamarind juice, and 2 table spoons of sambhar chilli powder as required by you for your taste.
Let it boil till the raw smell of the chilli powder disappears.

In a separate pan, heat oil and add all the tempering ingredients and add this to the sambhar.

Sambhar is ready to be had with rice.
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