Sambar is a traditional south Indian recipe which includes a combination of dal and vegetables . In kerala itself there are variations to this recipe like typical sambar with tamarind in it, my sister in law makes the sambar with roasted coconut paste which gives a very nice and different taste.There are also variations where one vegetable stands out like tomato sambar, or vendakya (okra) sambar.
My recipe is the one my mom would make,
what u need:
toor dal -1/3rd cup
masoor dal -1/3 rd cup
ash gourd-1/2 cup
white pumpkin-1/2 cup
snake gourd-1/2 cup
turmeric pwd-1/2 teaspoon
chilli pwd-1/2 teaspoon
sambar pwd- 1-2 teaspoon
LG's asafoetida-1/2 teaspoon
mustard seeds-1/2 teaspoon
tamarind paste-1/2 teaspoon
salt to taste .
Cut all the veges in cube size, wash the dal and add salt ,turmeric , chilly pwd mix and
boil , I would usually cook it in a cooker till 1whistle is done.
Let it cool down , in a deep pan add 1 tablespoon of salt add mustard seeds ,after they start to pop add curry leaves keep the flame low add Sambar masala , asafoetida this gives an authentic sambar taste to the dish and add the cooked veggies and dal mix well. Add tamarind and if needed some water
let it boil for 5 mins. Now put off the flame, Sambar is ready !!
Serve it with rice or idols . NJoy !