Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Red Radish Sambar

Sambar is a common dish in most South Indian homes, usually prepared at least 2 or 3 times in a week. It's basically a lentil (usually tuvar dal or split pigeon peas) and vegetable gravy; you can make it with almost any vegetable, or sometimes with more than one vegetable. The radish in sambar goes well with rasam rice… It has a nice crunchy texture.
This is a tamilnadu style Sambar. I love this with idly, dosa, pongal and other tiffin items. The ground Masala added at the end gives the extra taste. This is a good combination for Idly, Paniyaram, dosa and Venn pongal. This means fresh ground Sāmbhar. i.e. the powder for Sambhar is roasted and ground freshly along with the Sambhar Preparation. 

Prep time
Cooking time
5 mins
30 mins
4 persons

Cuisine: Indian
Recipe Category: Kulambu varieties

  • Red radish  -1 & ½ cup
  • Toor dal -1/2 cup
  • Onions -1 no
  • Tomatoes -1/2
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Sambar powder -1 tbsp.
  • Tamarind –small lemon size
  • Coriander leaves -few
To temper
  • Oil -1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Split urad dal -1/4 tsp
  • Hong -pinch
  • Red chilly dry -2 no’s
  • Curry leaves –few sprigs

1. Pressure cook toor dal with few drops of oil and water till immersed up to 5 whistle’s, mash the dal well with turmeric and pour in 1/3 cup of water and set aside.

2. Soak the tamarind in water and squeeze well to extract the juice and set aside.

3. Add the onion pieces, tomato pieces, chopped / cubed radish and water in a vessel. Cover with a lid and cook till the radish pieces are soft.
4. Add the mashed dal, tamarind extract, salt, sambar powder, turmeric powder, and water (adjust to desired consistency) to the vegetables.

5. Allow the sambar to boil for 8 - 10 minutes. If the sambar appears too thick, add little more water and simmer for a few minutes. Take a kadai pour in oil, add the ingredients under "To Temper (2)" and add it to radish sambar and allow it to boil once and it’s done.

Serving Suggestions
Serve hot with rice and any poriyal of your choice

Adding asafoetida at the last enhances the smell and taste of sambar.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Bell Pepper Chutney

Capsicum one of my favorite vegetables which has numerous medicinal and health benefits. So, I love to make use of this green pepper / capsicum in my cooking as much as possible. This spicy combo works out well with simple dosa and idlies. 
In this month Shhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge I have paired with Kalyani Sri, a wonderful blogger and gave me two secret ingredients "Green pepper and Onions".The best way to incorporate these vegetables to kids by the form of chutney's. Thank you dear for giving me such a lovely ingredient.
It is a simple Indian styled chutney prepared with bell peppers. Capsicum has a lovely crunchy texture. As for the health benefits of capsicums, they are rich in Vitamin C and are also known to lower cholesterol. It is a tangy and spicy chutney that tastes delicious. Do try this easy green capsicum chutney.

Prep time
Cooking time
10 mins
       10  mins

Cuisine:  South Indian (Breakfast Side dish)

  • Green Bell Pepper/Capsicum -2 large
  • Onions -1 no
  • Green chillies -2 big
  • Garlic -2 cloves
  • Tamarind –lemon sized
  • Salt –to taste
  • Mustard seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Split urad dal -1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves –few
  • Hing -pinch

1. Wash and cut the green pepper into small pieces and keep them aside. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a pan. Add dry red chillies, asafoetida, chopped onions and garlic. 
 2. Sauté till onions turn translucent. Add chopped capsicum along with salt. , tamarind to golden brown and transfer them to the mixer grinder.
 3. Add required amount of salt and pinch of sugar to the chutney and mix it well. 
4. Do the tempering process in the pan and pour them over the chutney and mix well
Serve with
Red chillies can also be used instead of green chillies.


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