Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sambar (Kutti Vengayam)

This is a recipe which is very popular in our house. Amma used to prepare this every weekend. This is prepared with shallots and fresh murungukka. My favorite combination was with cabbage or potato curry. I made this dish last weekend with spinach (keerai masiyal) and cabbage/ carrot curry with javarsi vadam (sabudhana papad).

Shallots (small red onions/ kutti vengayam): 8-10
Toor dal: 1 cup
Tamarind: 2 tsp (soaked in 1 cup warm water for 10 min)
Sambar powder: 1 tsp (use MTR madras sambar powder in case you don't have homemade :)- recipe soon to follow)
Turmeric (3/4 tsp)
Asafoetida: 2 pinches
Sesame seed oil- 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves- a few leaf strands (nicely chopped)
Salt to taste

Mustard seed - 1 tsp
Sesame seed oil- 1 tsp
Curry Leaves- 3 to 4

1. Peel the shallots and cut each slice into half
2. Heat some sesame seed oil in the pan and add the asafoetida and the shallots. (You may skip this step, I usually do it to avoid the raw smell of onions)
3. Marginally cook the shallots (do not fry them)
4. Squeeze the tamarind juice and add it to the cooked shallots.
5. Add the sambar powder and turmeric and let the entire mixture boil in medium high for 15 min.
6. Boil the toor dal and add it to the mixture
7. Add salt to the sambar
8. For the tadka heat oil in a separate pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
9. Add the curry leaves to the ooil and pour it over the sambar.
10. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves

Bon Appetit!


  1. thanks for sharing.. My H love vengai sambar... I learnt it from my MIL.. We grind the spices for Sambar powder at home itself.

  2. Thanks Sandhya. We do too, nothing like homemade sambar powder :)

  3. Looks yummylicious. Very nice click.


  4. Very very yummy. My mouth is watering..

  5. Delectable..... Must taste awesome with piping hot rice......

    Happy Blogging!!!!


  6. very yummy dear...............nice click dear.

  7. I am coming here after trying your bitter gourd stuffed curry.It came out well .This is my favourite sambar.

  8. Lov shallots a lot...nice recipe dear,lov it...

  9. Beautiful Click.Looks Yummy too. We all love Sambar at our house. This particulat Sambar is my hubby's favorite. I too learnt it from my MIL.

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog and for those sweet comments. U ve a very nice blog, all yummy recipes. glad to follow u too!..Will keep in touch!

  11. wow!! vengayam sambar..looks delicious and love to have it with idili.:)

  12. wow!!Vengaya sambar..looks to have it with idili

  13. vengaya sambhar looks pefect... and am sure is delicious to taste.. thanks for following :)...I am following u as well...

  14. Anything with shallots enhances the taste of the dish I believe... nice recipe here :-)

  15. I love this neighbor used to share this..:-)

  16. hey..thanks for stopping at my blog and for wonderful've got a gr8 space ..happy blogging!

  17. Thank you all for the wonderful comments and for stopping by. Veggie upma coming up next!!! :) :)

  18. shallots are made for this sambar.
    Heavenly dish for weekend lunch.
    Thanks for following my blog.
    I am following your's too.
    You have a nice space here.

  19. I liked your blog very much. As I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter. You are welcome in my blogs.
    I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Sambarlooks yummy and delicious.

  20. I like those shallots/kutti vengayam...but hardly find them here:( They are born for sambar, right...very delctable.

  21. like ground coconut along with 2 paccha mulaga to give it the malabar flavour. that is how my mummy used to make it. :)

    raja mama

  22. thanks mama...arachuvitta sambar--yummy!! :):)

  23. looks yummy,quiet different from what i do...thanks for sharing

  24. Hi chitchat...
    i am a first time visitor to your blog and loved it...
    this sambar is a very different from whatever i know...your recipes look healthy n yummy...

  25. thanks sangeeta, do stop by again :)


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