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How to prepare Kerala sambar (Hotel sambar)

Sambar is placed a very important role in South India. But Kerala style sambar is something different in taste and aroma. It is also be called Hotel sambar, Varuththu aracha sambar (Fry and grind). Because, the masala adding in this sambar is a homemade preparation and the taste also very natural. In this i am adding homemade sambar powder with the fried coconut. Otherwise we can fry the ingredients given in my post (sambar powder), grind and add to the sambar. In this sambar, i am adding drumstick. we can add any vegetable or mixed vegetables in it.

Basic information :

Preparation time : 10 Mins
Cooking time : 20 Mins
Serve : 4 Persons

Ingredients :

Toor dal : 1 Cup
Asafoetida : Small pieces
Turmeric powder : 1/2 Tsp
Oil : 3 Tsp
Mustard : 1/2 Tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Dry methi : 1/4 Tsp
Sambar Onion : 1/2 Cup
Curry leaves : Few
Coriander leaves : Few
Green chilly : 1 No
Tomato : 1 No
Drumstick : 2 Nos
Tamarind juice : 1 Cup
Salt : As per taste
For masala
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Sambar powder : 2 Tsp

Method :

Cook the toor dal in a pressure cooker with adding asafoetida, turmeric powder and 1 Tsp of oil. (If you add caster oil for dal, it will cook quickly and softly).
Heat oil in a pan, add coconut pieces and fry well. Add the fried coconut with sambar powder and little water and grind as a paste.
In another pan, Heat oil, add mustard, cumin seeds, dry methi and fry. Add chopped onion, green chilly, curry leaves and fry. Add tomatoes and fry. Add chopped drumstick, salt and stir.
Add tamarind juice and some water and allow it to cook. After the vegetables are cooked, add the ground paste, cooked dal and stir well.
Allow it to boil for 5 minutes, and transfer to the serving dish and serve hot with  idly, dosa or rice.
Everyone try this tasty sambar and please post your valuable comments…..

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