How to make it

  • fry the ingredients without any oil, and powder them
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  • Soak the tamarind in 1 cup water for 20 minutes. Squeeze it out, adding water little by little to prepare 1 cup of juice.(pulp)
  • Choose a heavy cooking pot. Wash and clean the dal. Boil 2 cups of water and add the dal, turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of oil. As the dal boils, skim off the foam and discard. Boil until the dal is soft and then mash it coarsely. If needed, add more water as it is boiling but do not let it get too watery. If you use a pressure cooker it will take about 5 minutes.
  • In a separate pan, heat to medium and pour in the remaining oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the chilies, mustard seeds, fenugreek and curry leaves and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the onion and brown lightly.
  • Add the tamarind extract and let boil lightly until the onions are cooked.
  • Add this mixture to the dal with asafoetida, tomato, vegetable of choice and sambar powder.
  • Allow this to boil for 5 to 10 minutes and remove from the heat.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
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  • Curry leaves are found in tropical climates. They add a wonderful piquancy to the Sambar recipe. I you do not have curry leaves do not substitute something else. They can be found in specialty shops that have Indian foods.

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  • ttaaccoo 9 years ago
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious. Thank you too for explaning how to use curry leaves. I will try them next time. 55555
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  • barbiemensher 9 years ago
    I tried this recently and it was absolutely amazing - better than the one at my local restaurant! Along with the brinjals (eggplant) and carrots I used some buttercup squash which added a nice, mild sweetness to compliment the tartness of the tamarind. A solid 5 forks.
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  • posita 9 years ago
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    " It was excellent "
    dee ate it and said...
    I LOVE Sambar! I order it when ever I see it offered on a menu, which sadly it isn't offered enough in my opinion. I have never tried making it but I think I will now. Your recipe looks easy enough without complicating things,and I am SURE it tastes wonderful. Giving you a '5' on it even though I have not tried it yet. Thanks for sharing this with us all.
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    Great post. Love Indian food and this one sounds magnificent. Great post. You have my 5.
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