Monday, June 19, 2017

Onion Sambar (Curry)

Onion Sambar is a curry and it is an easy dish. Onions are the vegetable that is available plenty in the market most of the time. Onion Sambar is an easy dish and goes well with dosa, idli, Plain rice, chapatis and all type of rotis.


I have used some onions, toor dal and simple spices.
Let us see some benefits of eating Onions in our diet.
Onions help to improve immunity and it is a rich source of Vitamin C. It helps in regulating the blood sugar level. Onions help to reduce inflammation and heal infections. Eating raw onions help to lower the bad cholesterol.
Onion Sambar/curry goes well with almost all main dishes. It goes well with Idli, dosa, roti or any type of rotis, chapatis, plain rice and even bread.
Let us see the recipe Now:

Things needed :

To Cook :
Toor dal : 1/2 Cup
Onions : 2
To grind :
Fresh roasted spices powder : 1 Tablespoon
Coconut : 3 Tablespoons
Tamarind : A small marble size
To Season : 
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Coconut /Any cooking oil : 1 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : : 6 to 8 Leaves
Ingh /Asafoetida : A pinch
To Add :
Mustard seasoning
Salt : As required
Methi Seeds : 5 to 6
Green Chilly : 1 to 2
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Wash and cook toor dal in a pressure cooker.

2. Remove the outer layer of onion skin and wash onion and cut it into small pieces.

3. Grate coconut and grind it with little tamarind and fresh roasted spice powder. ( Use required water).
4. Now keep a big pan and add cooked toor dal and cut onions.
5. Add little water and cook onions for 2 to 3 minutes. Add washed and slit green chilly.


6. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix it well and let it boil. Add methi seeds.
7. Add ground coconut mixture and mix the curry well. Let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

8. Shift the curry to a serving bowl and add mustard seeds seasoning and coriander leaves.

9. Serve with the main dish that you have prepared.

Fresh Sambar Powder :
Dry roast , 1/4 teaspoon of methi seeds. Add 1/2 teaspoon of channa dal. Dry roast till red. Add 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds. Dry roast for a minute. Add red chilly and a very small piece of cinnamon piece (very very small piece). Fry for minute. and add jeera and mix it well.
Add curry leaves and pinch of ingh. Put off the fire. Let it cool. Dry grind or add it with coconut and grind.

Note :

 Adding fresh roasted spices adds to the taste. Dry roast all the spices on low flame. OR you can add any brand of Sambar powder. Adding garlic is optional. Adding more/less chilly is optional.
Adding ghee to the sambar is optional. Use of small onions is optional. I have used the regular ones.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 .

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