Mixed Vegetable Sambhar is an authentic staple stew of South Indian cuisine served with rice which is made with cooked lentils, onion, tomato, mixed vegetables and tamarind juice and flavourful seasonings. It is served as main course with rice and ghee along with accompaniments like poriyal, curry or papad varieties. Come, let’s see how to make this healthy and tasty sambhar at home with easy method and step by step pictures.
Author: PRIYA SRINIVAS
Cuisine: South Indian
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Onion- 1
- Tomato- 1
- Green chillies- 2
- Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
- Sambhar powder- 1.5 tbsp
- Salt- as required
- Jaggery- 1/2 tsp (optional)
- Chopped Coriander leaves- 1 tbsp
- Carrot- 1
- Potato- 1
- Beans- 8
- Peas- 1/4 cup
For Cooking Dal
- Toor dal – 1/2 cup
- Water- 2 cups
- Turmeric powder- a pinch
For Extracting Tamarind juice
- Tamarind- 1 small lemon sized ball
- Water- 3/4 cup
- Oil- 2 tsp
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp
- Red chilli- 1
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Asafoetida- a pinch
1. Preparation: Cut the vegetables into finger length pieces, shred the onion into slices and cut the tomato into cubes and set aside. Slit green chillies and finely chop coriander leaves.
2. To cook Dal: Pressure cook 1/2 cup toor dal with 2 cups water and pinch of turmeric for 7 to 8 whistles. Once the pressure releases, mash it and set aside.
3. To extract tamarind : Soak tamarind in hot water for 20 minutes and squeeze using your hands and extract the juice. Filter and set aside. Alternatively, you can add tamarind and water to a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds and extract the juice.
4. Pressure cook the mixed vegeatbles with 1 cup water for 1 whistle and set aside. Do not discard the remaining water.
5. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow to crackle. Then add cumin seeds and let it crackle. Add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, red chilli, asafoetida and sauté for a few seconds.
6. Add onion and green chilli and sauté till onion turns golden. Do not brown the onion.
7. Add tomatoes along with salt and turmeric powder and allow to cook.
8. Add the mashed dal to it and adjust the water consistency (about 3/4 cup water) and check for salt. Let it come to a boil. (NOTE: Sambhar thickens on cooling, so add water accordingly)
9. Add the boiled vegetables along with the cooked water and cook for 2 minutes.
10. Add sambhar powder and boil for 2 minutes.
11. Add the tamarind extract and boil well until the raw smell leaves (about 5-6 minutes).
12. Lastly add jaggery and coriander leaves and switch off. Serve hot with rice topped with a tsp of ghee and any curry/ poriyal or papad of your choice. Delicious and healthy mixed vegetable sambhar is ready to eat.