Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Quick Sambhar

1 Large onion- chopped
2 medium tomatoes- chopped
2 green chillies slit
Half inch of ginger root- chopped
A few curry leaves
Mustard- half tsp
Urad dal- half tsp
channa dal- Half tsp
1 red chilli
A pinch of asafoetida powder
A pinch of turmeric powder
Green gram dal- 60 ml
salt to taste

Heat a tsp of oil in a pressure pan, add mustard, urad dal, channa dal in that order followed by red chilly, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger and onion. Saute for two minutes, add tomato, asafoetida powder, washed dal and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute and then add 300 ml water and salt. Cook with weight for 3 or 4 whistles. After pressure reduces, mash well and adjust salt if needed. This is a lovely filling soup and makes also a good accompaniment for pongal, idli, dosais etc.

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