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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sambhar Sadam - wholesome, one pot meal

Sambhar sadam, as it is called in Tamil Nadu, and the Bisi Bele Bhaath of Karnataka are close if not identical kins. At least, that's how I've felt. My paati (maternal grandmother) was a stupendous cook and her Sambhar Sadam was something to die for. My version of it is created from what I remember of her's with some minor tweaks to include the mild masala taste of the Karnataka version.I make this quite often but missed posting it here. Yesterday, my food blogger friend, Lubna, started a discussion on favourite 'one pot meals' and I ended up promising to post my favourite one pot delight,sambhar sadam,recipe for her. So, here goes...

Raw rice - 1/2 cup
Toor dhal (sambhar parippu)- 1/2 cup
Small onions - 7-8 Nos
Assorted veggies - 1 cup (I used potato,carrot,and small violet brinjals)
Tomato - 1 medium
Garlic - 2 cloves
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Curry leaves - 3-4 sprigs
Coriander leaves/cilantro - a small bunch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 2 teaspoons
Chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Cloves - 2 Nos
Cardamom - 2 Nos
Fennel (saunf) - 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a few pinches
Tamarind extract - 1 tablespoon (or 1 large lemon sized tamarind ball soaked in warm water and juice extracted)
Water - 3 1/2 cups
Salt to taste

For tempering

Peanuts (with skin) - a liberal handful
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Cumin (Jeera) - 1/2 teaspoon
Dry red chillies - 1-2 Nos
Cooking oil - 1 tablespoon ( I use gingelly/sesame oil)

Put all ingredients, apart from the tamarind extract, cilantro and salt, into a pressure cooker and cook for 6 whistles (two on high flame and three on low). Once the pressure settles, add the tamarind extract, chopped cilantro, and salt. Mix well and simmer for a couple of minutes. Heat a pan and add oil. Roast the peanuts till golden, remove and add to rice. Place the rest of the ingredients for tempering into the same oil and saute till jeera crackles. Add to rice. Serve piping hot with papadoms, bujia, om podi, or appalams.


Chitra said...

Its very nice. i too make this but don't add the g&g..will try with version :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

My carving increased a lot since u mentioned it and when u posted the pic...it doubled.....very handy recipe...will try this by weekend and let u know.....looks yum....thank u so much for posting....

Priya said...

One of my comforting food,seriously i can survive for many days with it.

Priti said...

Looks so gud ...wish can have it .perfect one pot meal

Sushma Mallya said...

Love those peanuts on the top...this looks so lovely...I just love sambar sadam...one complete satisfing meal!


Looks very tempting Dershana, especially the peanut tadka on top, delicious recipe

Shireen Sequeira said...

Absolutely delicious and filling! I must try this version, I love one pot meals!!

roses said...

Comfort food..

Only fish recipes said...

Wow....awesome recipe....bookmarking it !

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was looking for this . I never made it but always loved. I also like one pot healthy meals. Why not to put salt early? I thought salt makes cooking faster.

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