4 Types of South Indian Sambhar


There is no home in South India ,without sambhar for breakfast with iddli,dosai,vada

and rice too.Some sambhar is made with a mixture of vegetables.Some occasional

sambhar are made with the traditional 7-9 vegetables.Some are made with only sambhar

onions(small red onions),or any single vegetables like only drumstick,only ladies finger

,and even greens,capsicum,and you  go on  with your choice of vegetable.So here i’m

going to give you 4 recipes for quick and different  types of sambhar.

The first one doesn’t require any sambhar podi,simple and very tasty.I’m giving the

recipe for sambhar with tuvar dal.Those who love other lentils could use instead of tuvar

dal.Normally split green gram,tuvar dal,masoor dal is used .I love to use tuvar or green

gram for sambhar.

1.Tuvar dal sambhar without sambhar podi.

Ingredients

10-15 small onions

any vegetable you like (drumstick/ladies finger/or a handful of greens)

2-3 green chillies

2 tomatoes chopped

4-5 garlic cloves

few curry leaves

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

1 tsp.fenugreek seeds

2 dry chillies

1/4 tsp.asafoetida powder

1 tsp.turmeric powder

1 tsp.chilli powder

1.5 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp.pepper powder

1/2 tsp.cummin seed powder

1 cup tuvar dal

2-3 tblsp.ghee/oil

lime sized tamarind soaked in water

salt to taste

a small piece of jaggery

METHOD

First cook the dal with a tsp of ghee ,mash it well and set aside .

Heat ghee ,and first add curry leaves,asafoetida,mustard,dry chillies ,fenugreek and

saute for a minute.Next add the onions,garlic,green chillies turmerric and salt,the

vegetable,and tomatoes.Saute for 5 minutes.Next add the chilli powder,coriander

powder,pepper powder,cummin seed powder and cook for another two minutes.

Add half cup of water,cover and cook till vegetables are fully cooked.Next add the

tamarind water,and cook for a further 5 minutes.Add the mashed dal to the mixture.

Pour water for the required amount(some like it thick,some like it thin).of sambhar.

Add jaggery.Bring to a boil,and garnish with coriander leaves.Remove from fire.

(Do not allow to boil for a log time after you add the dal.One boil is best.)

2. Capsicum Quick Sambhar.(One Pot Sambhar)

Ingredients( same as no 1.)

Method:

This has to be done in a pressure cooker.Capsicum tastes excellent in these type of quick

sambhar.Here the dal is not pre-cooked.

Soak dal for minimum 10 minutes.Heat the oil in the pressure cooker,and add the

ingredients in the same order as the above one.After adding the tomatoes and the

capsicum,add the soaked and washed dal,and saute for 5 minutes.Next add 2 cups of

water.Close the lid and cook for 3 -4 whistles.Allow the steam to release on its own.Open

the lid mash the dal,(don’t mind even if the vegetables get slightly mashed .It will surely

add to  the taste.Garnish with coriander leaves.

3.SAMBHAR WITH SAMBHAR PODI

First i will get into the sambhar podi 

Ingredients

7-10 dry red chillies

1 tblsp  whole coriander

1/2 tsp.fengreek seeds

1/2 tsp.peppercorns

1 tsp.cummin seeds

3-4 tblsp dessicated coconut/dry copra/fresh coconut

1.5 tblsp.ulundu/tuvar dal

few curry leaves

a tsp of tamarind.

2 tsp ghee

Method

Fry all these ingredients till you see the urad dal (ulundu) turning brown.Grind to a fine

powder and use(This measurement is for one serving.)

You could use the same powder for bise bele bhath or sambhar sadam SAMBHAR

RICE(sambhar sadham)

Now for the sambhar recipe using this powder.For this sambhar i think a mix of many

vegetables including brinjal,drumstick,raw plantain,raw mango will be very fine.

INGREDIENTS

sambhar podi

few small onions

mix of vegetables you like

2 tomatoes chopped

4-5 cloves chopped garlic

1 cup cooked dal

For tempering

curry leaves

1/2 tsp.mustard

1/2 tsp.fenugreek seeds

2 dry chillies

1/4 tsp.asafoetida powder

oil/ghee

METHOD

Add 2 tblsp.oil,next add the asafoetida curry leaves,mustard,fenugreek,dry chillies,garlic

,and onions and saute for 5 minutes.Add turmeric and the vegetables and cook covered

for 10 minutes.Next add 1/2 cp of water and cook till the vegetables are done.Add the

powdered ingredients and dal and cook for further 5-10 minutes on a medium flame.Add

a tblsp.of jaggery,and remove from fire.

4. QUICK SAMBHAR 

This is also a very quick and tasty sambhar.My suggestions for this sambhar will be

radish,only small onions,or any type of greens(just a handful).

Cook the dal with 2 tomatoes ,turmeric powder,salt in a pressure cooker and set aside.

Grind 1/4 cup coconut,small piece of tamarind,1/4 tsp.fenugreek,15 dry chillies,1/2

tsp pepper,and 1 tsp cummin seeds to a coarse powder.Add to the dal,and temper with

the ingredients listed for tempering above (3 type sambar).Cook for 5-10 on a low

flame.

If you are able to get vadagam you could use that instead of using the ingredients for tempering.Vadagam is a dry mixture of onions and all the ingredients used for tempering.

Try each sambhar and do let me know your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BESAN AND CASHEW LADOO


The besan ladoo is a traditional sweet of Northern India.This time i thought to give it a

change in my way ,by mixing in cashewnut powder,and the taste was too good.The blend

of cashewnut powder,and besan powder was awesome.The roasting of the besan flour in

ghee is too important,it should not get burnt or have the raw taste and smell.So first you

could slightly roast the besan flour without the ghee for few minutes,remove from fire

and then mix the ghee,and then again roast till you get a nice smell.(do not touch the

flour when it is hot as it will burn your fingers).

INGREDIENTS

2 cups gramflour (besan flour)

1 cup fine powdered sugar or boora sugar (these are sold in indian supermarkets)

1/2 cup pure ghee

1/2 cup powdered cashewnut

few broken cashews

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Dry roast the besan flour for a few minutes .Remove from fire,and mix in the ghee.Keep

on fire again and roast on medium flame till it is nice and golden,and you get a good

aroma(not burnt aroma).Transfer to another tray and allow to cool slightly.Add the

powdered sugar  and the rest of the ingredients and make ladoos.This can be stored for

more than a week.If you are using boora you can store for a month .(provided it lasts to

store…..)A very tasty and healthy sweet.!

BAKEDBUTTER PRAWNS IN FIERY GARLIC SAUCE


This recipe has a few ingredients only,but the tangy hot taste makes it more than simple.

These prawns can be served as starters,made wraps with egg chappathi,or with any

wrap.Good to serve with rice too.A toss with spaghetti or egg noodles will be fine

too..To add to the aroma i used a banana leaf for baking.Okay ….i think i’l get into the

recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm prawns

50 gm butter

3-4 tblsp oil

15 cloves of garlic chopped fine

2-4 tblsp chilli flakes (you can reduce if you like)

juice of 2 limes

salt to taste

1/2 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder

few curry leaves

METHOD 

Heat butter and oil in a pan and add the finely chopped garlic saute for a minute.Add the

chilli flakes,chilli powder,and saute for a minute more.Remove from fire .Add lime juice

and salt .Pour this on the cleaned prawns and mix well.Transfer on to a banana leaf or

any tray and bake for 20-30 minutes. If there is gravy after baking  thicken it and pour

again on the baked prawns and serve.

If you like an eggy flavor,or a scrambled look add egg to the gravy ,scramble and transfer

back with the prawns.

 

SEMOLINA JAGGERY CAKE


This is a cake made without flour,and has a rich taste ,like Love cake (SriLankan).As

cashewnut powder is used in the making it has an unique taste.So i’m getting to the recipe

rightaway.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm butter

250 gm jaggery (grated)

250 gm cashewnuts.(powder half ,and keep the other half chopped)

3/4 cup dessicated coconut

125 gm sugar

1.5 tsp.baking powder

2 tsp.vanilla

1/4 tsp.rose essence or rose water 1 tsp.

2 tsp.mixed spice powder

250 gm roasted semolina(rawa/sooji)

3/4 cup thick coconut milk

4 eggs.

1/4 tsp.powdered nutmeg

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Add melted butter ,or soft room temperature butter to the rawa .Mix well and add

cashewnut powder,dessicated coconut and grated jaggery.Mix well and set aside.

Separate the egg yolks and the whites in different bowls.Beat egg yolks with the

sugar,rest of the spices and the baking powder.Add to the the semolina mixture.

Beat egg whites stiff,and fold in with rest of the ingredients.Pour into a lined and

greased  tray.It’s better if you line the bottom first with newspaper and use the butter

paper.(to prevent the bottom from getting burnt).Bake at 160 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

 

IDDLI PODI (3 TYPES)


Delight of South Indian people.When iddli is served with sambhar,and varieties of

chutney ,most people always want this on their plates.It is served with sesame

oil/gingelly oil/olive oil made into a paste and served.Some have the art of making a well

in the centre of the powder ,and pouring oil in the centre  dipping the iddli pieces

and enjoying.There are health benefits too in these powders.Even iddli pieces with these

podi are sold now in the markets,but i think it’s a joy when you know the art of making

it at home.I will be giving you 3 types of podi.So let’s get into the recipes

BENGAL GRAM PODI

INGREDIENTS

1 cup red dry chillies (stalks removed)

1 cup bengal gram dal

1-2 tblsp.rock salt

1/4 tsp.asafoetida

white till seeds 2-3 tblsp (optional)

METHOD

Dry roast the chillies and the gram dal separately.Slightly roast the rock salt,and the till

seeds separately.Powder the chillies first,when it is done coarse,add the roasted dal,and

powder as per your requirement(some like it coarse,some like it fine)Powder the salt and

add .Check for taste and add salt.Add the till seeds.Allow to cool ,and store and use.This

can be stored for more than a month.

CURRY LEAVES PODI/KARIVEPILAI PODI

1 cup curry leaves

1/4 cup ulundu (urad dal)

1/4 cup green gram

1/4 cup tuvar dal

1/4 cup bengal gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1 cup dry red chillies

1/8 cup whole coriander

1 tsp.peppercorns

2 tsp.cummin seeds

8-9 pips garlic (peel on)

1/2 tsp.asafoetida.

rock salt powdered and added to taste after powdering

METHOD

Dry roast the red chillies separately.Set aside .Now dry roast the rest of the ingredients

,except salt.till you see the ulundu turning brown (not burnt).Powder and store in clean

dry jars.This too has shelf life of more than a month.

Kollu podi (for fat loss)

1 cup dry chillies

1/4 cup kollu or horsegram

1/4 cup urad dal/ulundu

1/4 moong dal or green gram

1 tsp.fenugreek seeds

few curry leaves

Garlic 8-10 pips.

1 tsp peppercorns.

rock salt powder.

1/4 tsp.asafoetida

1-2 pieces kokum/goraka fried slightly in oil (optional)

Method 

Same as the previous one.

(photo shows tiny dosai with podi)

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EASY MANGO KULFI


Kulfi is like icecream ,but more creamier and denser.It is more of of a southern Asian

dessert,and it is more easier than ice cream,no whipping required,and the taste is

awesome.Summer times glory ,and when you know to make it at home ,its wonderful.

This recipe could be made in minutes.So ,let’s get into the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh milk

1 tblsp  milk powder

100 gm khova/mawa/thickened milk

1/4 cup sugar (if  you need more you could add)

1 mango pureed (1 slice cubed and set aside aside)

few pistachios,cashewnuts

1/4 tsp.cardamon powder

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Crumble the khova/mawa.Add to the milk with the milk powder and heat  for few

minutes(5-10 minutes).Add sugar and heat for  few more seconds.Remove from fire.Add

the nuts and pureed mango and cut mango ,and the cardamon powder.Mix well and

pour into kulfi moulds or any moulds you like.Freeze for minimum 4-5 hours.

 

 

BAKED PEANUT CHICKEN


This recipe has more sway to the Thai marinades.I baked it on a banana leaf ,which is

Asian so, this is to be categorised as a fusion recipe.I did not bake till crisp,as i wanted it

to be like that.It had the taste of chicken palandy (srilankan dish).You could make it

crispier if  you like.Now for the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

4-5 chicken breasts

1 inch piece ginger

7-8 cloves peeled garlic

10-15 red chillies /2 tblsp.chilli paste

1 tblsp.vinegar

juice of 1 lime

2-3 lime leaves

1 inch piece turmeric root /1/2 tsp.turmeric

sea salt.

1 tsp.peppercorns

1 tblsp honey

3 tblsp.peanuts. (coarsely ground)

2 tsp.tabasco sauce/oyster sauce

1 tsp.tomato sauce.

1 egg

slices of onion

banana leaf (optional)

Butter or oil .

METHOD

Grind the bold listed,mix with other ingredients,oil, except onion and marinade the

chicken for minimum 30 minutes.Place the banana leaf on a tray .Arrange the onions on

the leaf and place the chicken on the onions.Bake in a hot oven 200-220 degrees for 30-40

minutes.Remove the chicken ,and transfer to another serving tray.Thicken the leftover

gravy at the bottom with onions and pour over the chicken and serve.

Note:When you arrange the onions sprinkle a little salt,a little oil,and a sprinkle of garam  masala on the onions ,before you lay the chicken .

The same recipe could be grilled or shallow fried.

 

 

PANEER KOFTA IN SPINACH


This recipe is a healthy dish,and eyecatching dish ,which can be served with rotis or

pulaos.Summer calls for inclusion of fruits and veggies,and this one undoubtedly is the

best dish to serve for lunch or dinner.(vegan lovers)

So,now let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

For the kofta

1 packet paneer(200gm)

2-3 potatoes boiled and mashed lightly

2-3 green chillies finely chopped

1 tsp.pepper powder

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1/4 cup cashew ground coarse(optional)

1 tsp.ginger paste.

1 tblsp.flour

salt to taste

oil to fry

METHOD

Grate the paneer and mix the rest of the ingredients ,and bind well.Make koftas and deep

fry in oil till golden brown and set aside.

 

For the spinach or palak gravy.

INGREDIENTS

100-150 gm palak or spinach leaves

2 green chillies

2 dry chillies

1-2 onions chopped fine

7-8 cloves peeled garlic

1/2 tsp.grated nutmeg

1 tsp.garam masala powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1 piece cinammon

1 tsp.honey

1 small tomato (for the color)

1/2 red/yellow capsicum (julienned)

1/2 tsp.red chilli powder /flakes.

juice of 1 lime.

salt to taste

2 tbsp.oil/butter

METHOD

There are two methods you could prepare the spinach puree.

1.Blanch the spinach in boiling water for 5 mins,then immedietely plunge into cold water

and drain , blend into puree and use.

2.Saute the leaves directly in oil with garlic,green chillies,cummin seeds ,blend well and use

If you have opted for the no.1. method grind the garlic,green chillies,and cummin seed

with the palak,and set aside.

Heat 2 tblsp.oil ,add the onions with the cinnamon ,and dry chillies and saute till brown.

Next add the rest of the ingredients with the puree and cook on a low flame ,till partially

thick.Add the fried balls and simmer for 2-3 minutes.You could add fresh cream if you

like while serving

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAK FRUIT BOMBAY HALWA


In Chennai it is difficult to get raw jackfruit kernels,in fruit shops.You have to go to a

wholesale market to get.So whenever i see the ripe luscious variety i buy many trays.

We had a very good jak fruit tree in my paternal home,which had fruit always.My

cherished memories with my brother in my childhood days,was when we both used to

go down to the garden ,grab the closest fruit ,sit there ,enjoy the fruit under the tree

itself .It is really lovely to sit there and eat…priveleged people will know ….

This is the first time,i have tried this recipe, (small quantity)and it turned awesome..My

kids are the best food critics.There comments will be very clear,hope you

understand….They said it was awesome.So you could try your hand at it .

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ripe ,sweet jak fruit kernels

1/2 cup sugar

2 tblsp cornflour+half cup water mixed without lumps

4-6 tblsp.ghee (you could add more if you like)

pinch of salt

edible camphor a pinch

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

saffron stands a few /or yellow coloring(optional)

any type of nuts you like(cashewnuts/almonds/raisins/melon seeds)

METHOD

Remove the seeds from the kernels,and make a pulp using a blender(small bits and

pieces remaining also will be good).Heat 1 tblsp.ghee in a thick bottomed pan ,and add

the ground jak kernels,and cook till it changes to a golden color.Add sugar and mix well

till sugar dissolves.Next add the cornflour mixture,(take care at this stage  the mixture

will thicken quick).Add the rest of the ingredients and keep stirring till the mixture

leaves the sides of the pan.Transfer onto a greased tray.Apply a little ghee on top.Allow to

cool,and cut into shapes.

Note:Please do not mind the thin slices in the photo.I tried only 1 cup quantity and that gave only 6 slices.

 

EASY CHICKEN KORMA


This chicken korma is a good combination for any meal,with rotis iddli or rice.This curry

is made in a different way.First the chicken is cooked in its own juices with spices,and

then coconut and cashew paste  is added at the finish.Easy,rich and tasty.So now for the

recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 kg.chicken

2 onions chopped

2-3 green chillies slit

4-5 tomatoes chopped fine

a few mint leaves

1-2 potatoes quarters

1 tblsp.chilli powder

1 tblsp.garam masala powder

1 tsp turmeric

2 tblsp.ginger-garlic paste.

salt to taste.

1/2 lime juice/3 tblsp curd

3-4 tblsp ghee/coconut oil (i mixed both )

For the coconut paste

1/2 cup coconut grated

3 tblsp.cashewnuts

1 -2 green chillies

2 tsp.white khus khus (poppy seeds)

1 tsp.fennel seeds

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients listed above ,other than the paste ingredients.Marinade at least

for 15 minutes.Keep the mixed chicken on the fire and cook on a medium flame till the

chicken and potato  are cooked and you see the tomatoes well blended.

Whilst the chicken is cooking,fry the ingredients listed for the paste,till you get a nice

aroma.Grind to a paste.Add to the gravy and slow cook for 10-15 minutes.Remove from

fire .