Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Thanni Sambar - Sombeari Sambar

Thanni Sambar / Sombeari Sambar, as per its name, this is an easy sambar to prepare when you feel really lazy to cook. No vegetables are required to make this sambar. This sambar will be really really watery. You know how watery it will look? When you see it, it will just look like a rasam. Though it is a simple and easy dish to make, the taste will be awesome. This tastes good with steamed rice as well as idli or dosa. 

Toor Dal - 2 Hand Full
Garlic - 3 Cloves
Asafoetida - a pinch
Shallots - 3 No.
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Onion - 2 No.
Tomato - 2 No.
Green Chili - 2 No.
Tamarind Extract - 1/4 Cup
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp.
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Curry Leaves -  2 Strings
Chopped Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp.
Oil - 2 tbsp.
Salt to taste

1. Pressure cook the dal with garlic, shallots, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Once cooked, mash it nicely with a masher. Finely chop the tomatoes and thinly slice the onions. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When the mustard splutters, add the fenugreek seeds and saute for few seconds.
2. Add the sliced onions, green chilies and curry leaves. Saute till the onion turns transparent.
3. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
4. Cook till the tomatoes are cooked soft and mushy. Now add the mashed dal with water and allow it to boil.
5. When it starts to boil, add in the tamarind extract and mix well. Let the sambar cook for 5 minutes on a medium flame.
6. Once the sambar is cooked and raw smell of dal and tamarind goes off, add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Simple and Easy Thanni Sambar is ready to serve with rice or any tiffin items like idli, dosa, uthappam etc.

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