Tuesday 10 December 2013

Vendaikkai Sambhar/Bhindi Sambhar/Okra Sambhar

Sambhar is a dal based gravy which is prepared quite often at South Indian's home.Sambhar or sambar can be prepare very well just with dals, or with veggies or sometimes with greens. One of my most favourite sambhar is always with okras, after drumsticks these sticky veggies gives a wonderful flavour to this dal based gravy. This simple sambhar doesnt need any specific preparation,with simple ingredients you can make this sambhar very much quickly apart from cooking the dals.

Usually i cook my dals with my small pressure cooker which makes my life easier, i cant survive without my pressure cookers, do you want to know how many pressure cookers i have??..I have 5 pressure cookers, yep i cook every day with them and they have their important role in my kitchen.Every 2nd and 4th tuesdays of the month, we a group of friends shares authentic dishes from Tamilnadu and the name of the event is Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday, please do check the announcement if you want to be a part of it.Since sambhar belongs to Tamil Nadu cuisine, am posting this dish today.

1cup Cooked toor dal
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
2cups Vendaikkai/bhindi/okra/lady's finger
1no Onion (chpped)
2nos Tomatoes(big & ripen,chopped)
1tsp Sambhar powder
1/2tsp Coriander powder
Few curry leaves
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Cumin seeds
1/2tsp Urad dal
3nos Dry red chillies
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
1tsp Lemon juice

Heat enough oil, let splutters the mustard seeds, urad dal,cumin seeds..

Add in the dry red chillies,curry leaves and asafoetida powder, fry until they turns brown.

Add the chopped onions,chopped tomatoes,saute until the tomatoes turns mushy.

Add the sliced okras,salt and saute everything until the veggies get shrinks.

Now add the cooked dal,sambhar powder, coriander powder,salt and enough water,bring everything to boil,cook the sambhar in simmer until the veggies get well cooked..

Finally add the lemon juice and put off the stove.

Enjoy this sambhar with papads and rice..

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