March 10, 2011
1/2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 cup onion or few sprigs of spring onion chopped
1 big tomato
salt to taste
tamarind to taste
Water 2 cups
Seasoning : pinch of methi seeds, mustard, red chilli(1), green chilli(1), few curry leaves and pinch of hing
Season all the ingredients with a tsp of oil. Quickly saute the spring onion and add the chopped tomatoes. Saute this for about 1-2 minutes. Add this and the water to the washed dal. Put half the amount of salt that is going to be used into the dal and half of the tamarind and pressure cook upto 3 to 4 whistles. Once the pressure goes down, remove from the cooker, check for salt and tamarind and bring the sambar to a boil. Let it boil on low medium heat for 5 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
PS: The same can be done using winter melon (vellai poosanikkai) cut into big cubes. The vegetable disintegrates with the sambar. This way there is no problem in getting the kids to eat and vegetables are consumed without their knowledge.