½cuptamarind pulp– made with ½ cup water and 1 lemon sized ball of tamarind
2.5 to 3cupswater or add as required
salt as required
for tempering kerala sambar
2tablespoonscoconut oilor any vegetable oil
1teaspoonurad dal(split and husked black gram)
1sprig curry leaves
2 to 3dry red kashmiri chillies- you can also use small red bor chillies for the tadka
for the sambar masala
½coconut,grated – will yield about 1 to 1.5 cups of grated coconut
3 to 4pearl onions or shallots- chopped
12 to 15curry leaves
¼teaspoonwhole black peppercorns
¼teaspoonmethi seeds(fenugreek seeds)
3 to 4dry red chilies- i used 4 kashmiri red chillies
2 to 3teaspoonscoconut oilor any vegetable oil
to make sambar masala
On a skillet, tava or a shallow frying pan, heat up 2 or 3 tsp coconut oil. Add all the shallots and fry till they become translucent. Add the rest of the spice and fry till they are light brown.
now add the grated coconut and roast it with the rest of the spices till everything is browned and you get a fragrant aroma in your kitchen. Let this mixture cool.
Once, cooled, grind this roasted spice mixture in the grinder with some water.
to make the kerala sambar
First, boil the tuvar dal till in a pressure cooker with the sliced or chopped onion and hing, till the dal is soft and well cooked. Mash the cooked dal slightly with a spoon when done.
Cook the dal with the vegetables until they are half cooked. This takes about 11 to 12 minutes.
Now add the chopped okra, tamarind pulp, and the ground masala. Add some more water if the sambar has become thick.
Add salt and give the sambar a rolling boil once and then simmer till the veggies are cooked. This will approximately take about 15-16 minutes.
Close the flame when all the ingredients in the sambar have nicely infused with one another and you have a lovely sambar aroma pervading all around in your kitchen. Keep the sambar closed with a lid and move on to the next step of tempering the sambar.
tempering for kerala sambar
In a pan or the tadka utensil, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds and let them pop. Then add all the other ingredients and fry them till they become fragrant. Take care they do not get burnt.
Once the tadka is ready, directly pour the hot tadka on the hot sambar.
Immediately, cover the kerala sambar with a lid and let it stay closed for some 8 to 10 minutes. We do this at home, so that the flavors and aroma of the tadka gets very well infused with the sambar or dal.
Later mix well.
Serve the kerala sambar with boiled rice and pappadums, accompanied by a side vegetable dish and a bowl of yogurt or raita. Enjoy.
If there is any leftover sambar, you could have it the next day with dosa, idli, medu vada or dal vada. But keep the leftover sambar in the fridge.
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