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Feb 17, 2010

Chinna Vengaya sambar!!

Sambar is a gravy in which vegetables are cooked in tamarind water along with the spices and lentils.In vengaya sambar , shallots are cooked in the tamarind gravy . This is a special kind of sambar and is usually prepared during special occasions especially when you have guests . At my place, my mom used to make on sundays or holidays. We used to have a relaxed lunch to relish this delicacy with hot rice. Shallots are available in plenty in singapore, but I buy them rarely. These days, I was craving for the spicy vengaya sambar and I made them during the last weekend .We enjoyed them with hot steamed rice. Dosas tastes great with this sambar. I usually refrigerate the left over and use it for dosas the next day.

chinna vengaya sambarIngredients-
Shallots or small onions/sambar onions- 15
Tomato- 1 cut into pieces(optional)
Tamarind - a lime sized lump
Tuvar dal- 1 small cup cooked
Channa dal- 2tsp
Udid dal- 1tsp
Dried red chillies- 8 nos
Coriander seeds- 2tsp
Salt to taste
Sesame oil- 1tsp
Asafoetida- A pinch
Curry leaves- few
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2tsp
Grated coconut- 1tbsp( I did not use)

Method-
Heat a teaspoon of sesame oil and roast udid dal , channa dal,coriander seeds, red chillies and around 3-4 baby onions (shallots) till they turn golden brown. Cool and grind it to a paste.
Add warm water to the tamarind. Leave it for sometime and the squeeze out the pulp.
Heat the remaining oil . Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds along with the curry leaves
Add all the shallots and saute till they turn slightly brown. Add the tomato if using . Now add the sambar paste along with salt and asafoetida. Mix well and pour the tamarind pulp. Add around 2 glasses of water and allow it to boil for around 10 minutes.(the raw smell of tamarind should go away and the shallot should be tender.) Now add the cooked tuvar dal. Mix well and cook till the sambar thickens.
Roast the grated coconut till it turns brown and add it to the sambar.
Serve hot with rice.

29 comments:

jayasree said...

Vengaya sambhar and potato roast is the most sought after combo at home.

Priya Narasimhan said...

who would say no to this mouth watering sambar...

notyet100 said...

this one looks yummy,..;-)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yum!
My favorite too...

Tina said...

Sambar looks delicious and yummy...Perfect for dosa and idli...

Asha said...

Slurp! I love the eggplants, any dish will do for me, sambhar is so yummy.

Rachel said...

I make a similar sambar too. Shallots lend a better flavour right?

Preeti Kashyap said...

I make it the same way and I love them with idlies.....yummy!

Pari said...

Sowmya I can smell the sambhar here. Was wondering if only u could parcel some here..too good dear. I will make this for sure. Thanx for sharing.

Laavanya said...

Murungakai sambar and chinna vengaya sambar are my favorites.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

This is my fav and comforting sambar my dear..looks very tempting and would be great with pongal or steaming idies

Trendsetters said...

mouthwatering

simply.food said...

Looks delicious and healthy.

Ruchikacooks said...

Ooo..Venkaya sambar and aloo kari is the all time favorite..looks good, can have it any day..

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Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice looks yum....

Priya said...

I can drink vangaya sambar like that, just love it...yumm!!

LG said...

Aubergine in sambar tastes good.

Sush said...

I will try this for sure, I love tamarind & I'm confident that I would like this :)

DEESHA said...

sambar looks delicious

Siddhi S said...

wow soumya...sambhar looks tempting

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

This is what is called Comfort food... Delicious Sambhar...

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Cham said...

I like only onion sambar! This one is very different than what I make! Delicious with plain rice!

Rohini said...

OHHH Sowmya I just had my dinner n I am hungry again... Vengaya sambar, potato roast a nyabaga paduthiteengale... Iniku kanavula athuthan paka poren ;)
Delicious sambar dear!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This is our family favorite too! Love this with hot rice and aloo curry!

vidhas said...

M family members favourite. Love with aloo. Looks delicious.

Preety said...

perfect to have with hot rice

Sashi said...

All time favs.. when ever we go out for long trip, the day we reach home there would be this sambar ... delicious Sowmya..

Divya Kudua said...

Vengaya sambhar or Ulli sambhar,as we call it,is one of my fave with idli as well as dosa.The unique taste that only the small onions provide is extraordinarily tasty.Looks delicious!!

Valarmathi said...

Looks yummy.... i love the shallots in sambhar.

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