Sambar for the Happy Tummy

Food – Dal or lentils as we call it has been everyone’s favourite dish on the menu. We all can go without vegetables, meat but going a day without dal is something unimaginable. Amongst the many dal that we taste in our everyday cuisine there is one dal that stood out from the rest. It is none other than the delicacy from the south, the all- time favourite Sambar. If there has been one dish that stood out from the rest amongst the South Indian dishes, it is the sambar. The staple of south Indian diet is everybody’s favourite now. A true game changer if it may be called.

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It is just so interesting to know how this awesome medley of lentils and vegetables come into being and also the recipe to prepare the best sambar ever. Sambar is usually made with vegetables like okra, moringa, carrot, radish, pumpkin, potato, tomato, brinjal. However, if one doesn’t want the sambar to be too heavy only one or two vegetables also can be uses. Sambar often contains sambar powder, a coarse spice mix made of roasted lentils, dried whole red chillies, fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and most important ingredient is the curry leaves. The vegetables, tamarind pulp,sambar powder, turmeric, salt is boiled together until the vegetables are half-cooked. Then the cooked lentils are added to the vegetable broth. Special spice scented oil is used to add that extra flavour to the sambar.

To make the already tempting dish look more tempting it is finally served garnished with fresh coriander leaves or curry leaves.Sambar is usually served with steamed rice as one of the main courses of both formal and everyday south Indian cuisine. A two-course meal of sambar mixed with rice and eaten with some sort of vegetable side dish, followed by yoghurt mixed with rice, is a prime southern Indian staple.Vadasambar and Idli sambar are popular for breakfast or an evening snack in the south Indian states. Roadside restaurants often offer free refills of sambar for idli and vadas.Sambar is also served as a side dish for dosa. The favourite south Indian dish has made it to the top of all recipe books and so now the sambar recipe in hindi, English, Bengali and other languages because the sambar dal with idli, dosa has become so famous and everybody’s favourite that it has made its way to the top of all the recipe books. Even in recipe blogs sambar remains to be one of the most frequently viewed recipes even today.

With its availability in almost all food magazines, blogs and among people despite their food habits sambar has become the queen of dals that pampering everybody’s taste buds for good. So how about cooking some south Indian for dinner tonight, how about serving some delicious, steaming sambar with nice round idlis and adding to the perfection is some freshly made coconut chutney. The hot and sour sambar dal mixed with the awesome aroma of the coconut chutney would leave your tummy smile in happiness.