Ingredients needed for preparing Kerala style Sambar
2 cups mixed vegetables ( drumstick, potato, Ladys finger, Brinjal, Kerala cucumber / Ashgourd etc )
1 cup Tuar Dal
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 small lime sized tamarind
4 tsps Sambar Powder
Salt to taste
2 tomatoes cut into pieces
2 tsps coriander leaves
handful curry leaves
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
Oil as needed
1 red chilli broken in to two
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
How to prepare Kerala style Sambar?
Cook Tuar Dal separately in a pressure cooker, keep aside.
Cut all the vegetables you need in to small even sized pieces. Keep aside.
Now, add vegetables with enough water to cook them along with Salt to taste, Sambar powder, turmeric powder, chopped tomatoes and coriander leaves.
As the vegetables get tender add the tamarind water and bring to boil. Simmer for 2 minutes.
Add cooked and mashed tuar dal, curry leaves and asafoetida powder to the boiling gravy.
Mix well and simmer till the gravy starts to boil.
Remove from fire, temper with oil, mustard seeds and red chilli.
Serve with plain rice.