Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shallots Sambar (Vengaya Sambar)

This is a typical south Indian sambar served with Idly/dosa or rice. It is also called as Arachu vitta sambar(sambar made by grinding the ingredients). I have added a new touch by adding vegetables and masalas to this sambar.


1 cup split red gram (thoor dal)
8-10 pearl onions (shallots)
1 drumstick
1/2 cup yellow pumpkin (cut in to cubes along with skin)
1 medium brinjal (cut into large chunks)
3 tbsp Tamarind pulp
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp sambar powder
2 tsp grated Jaggery
2 tsp freshly chopped coriander
2 tsp oil
salt to taste

For paste

5-6 pearl onions
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
3 tbsp grated coconut or 1 tsp raw rice
2 medium tomatoes
3-4 dry red chillies
1-2 tsp oil

for tempering

2 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split urad dal
2 tbsp curry leaves
1/3 tsp asafoetida powder


Pressure cook split red gram dal(thoor dal) with 3 cups of water for 3 whistles till soft and well cooked.
In a pan add 1/2 tsp oil and saute fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and coconut for a minute, till slightly golden, remove and set aside. Instead of coconut, raw rice can be sauted a little and used for the thickness of the sambar. Add the remaining oil and saute the shallots for 2 minutes. When all the ingredients cool down, grind these ingredients along with tomato into paste.
In a heavy bottom pan add 2 tsp oil and saute shallots, drumsticks, brinjal and pumpkin for 2 minutes. This way the drumsticks do not break apart when cooked. Now add turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups of water to cook the vegetables for 10-12 minutes till soft but retain shape. To the vegetables add tamarind pulp, Sambar powder, ground paste and bring the mixture to boil. To this add jaggery, cooked dal and simmer the heat. Once the sambar comes to boil add coriander leaves and turn off the heat. Temper with all the given ingredients and cover with lid as soon as you temper. This way the aroma and flavor of will stay in the sambar.

Since this is my innovative Sambar, sending this to Pari's event hosted by Nivedita- "Only Original Recipes"


Raks said...

Love it all time,my hubby always wants shallots in sambar so I always make it with shallots.. And we make especially shallot sambar with out any veggie additions some times too.. Now your pic makes me drool,feel like making idlies and having it with that sambhar :)

Sharmi said...

Thanks Raks, That was pretty quick:)

Indian Khana said...

Looks so delish ...I like the veggie you used...I'm yet to try this one

chef and her kitchen said...

Shallots r always preferable for sambar than the regular onions...love it with idli /wada..looks yumm

Unknown said...

Hey Sharmi,

Sambar,my hubby's all time favorite...:)Looks gr8 dear!!:)



Prema said...

My Family fav Sambar,Love ur sambar version and addition of veggies is excellent...Awesome Clicks...

sanjeeta kk said...

Love these small onion which we get in Chennai. Sambhar looks very scrumptious!

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Tina said...

perfect side dish for idli...looks delicious...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Shallots sambar looks yummy...wud be great combiu for idlli...


notyet100 said...

have tried sambhar with shallots,this is new for me

Unknown said...

I add shallots all the time...can't have it otherwise...love it just with that too!...very yum!
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Priya Suresh said...

Very addictive sambar, my fav anytime..

Shylaja said...

Looks delicious

Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

Lovely picture,sambar looks superb..

Chitra said...

u made me drool.want to have with idly now :)

aipi said...

The first pic is too god..loved the recipe too :)

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Sailaja said...

lovely recipe and yummy looking sambar

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Liked the combination of vegetable you have used here. Yummy combination with idlis

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Malar Gandhi said...

Lovely sambar...reminds me my home...tempting pictures

Laavanya said...

I've always made with just shallots --- the pumpkin &brinjal must make for interesting additions.

Unknown said...

Delicious Sambar, Sharmi :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect , love adding shallots in sambar..
Nice clicks :)

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Looks perfect! I love the sweetness of the shallots, and a good sambar is the best way to use them!