Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Vendakkai Sambar / Okra sambar / Okra Lentils Stew



Ingredients
  1. Thoor dal / Tuvar Dal    3/4 cup
  2. Sambar onions     8-10 no.s(chopped) or medium onion isliced
  3. Tomato    1 no.(chopped)
  4. Vendakkai/okra    1/2 lb(cut in to 1/2" pieces)
  5. Sambar Powder    1 tsp(optional)
  6. Chilli Powder    1 tsp
  7. Coriander Powder   2 tsp
  8. Shredded coconut   1tbsp
  9. Tamarind paste    2 tsp(dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
  10. Curry leaves     few
  11. Coriander leaves    few 
  12. Salt   as needed
To temper 
  1. Oil     2 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds     1/2 tsp
  3. Jeera      1/4 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds       1/4 tsp
  5. Hing       1/4 tsp
  6. Pepper corns   3no.s
  7. Curry leaves    few
Method
  • Pressure cook thoor dal for 2-3 whistles mash and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan add few drops of oil and fry the okra pieces for 3-4 minutes and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in an available vessel and add all the tempering ingredients one by one ,and allow to splutter .
  • Then add onions and saute till onion get transparent.
  • And add the chopped tomatoes and fry well.
  • Now add the sambar,chilli and coriander powders,stir well and fry lightly.
  • Then add the mashed dal with water stir well and allow to boil .
  • When it starts boiling pour the tamarind juice mix well and again allow to boil for sometime.
  • Then add the fried okra/vendakkai, shredded coconut and mix well.
  • Cook for 2 minutes lastly add some coriander leaves and close the vessel with lid and leave it for sometime.
  • Now the vendakkai sambar is ready to serve.
  • Serve with hot plain rice with ghee on top.

Notes:
Adding sambar powder is optional. the updated pic Sambar is without sambar powder.
After adding okra do not cook sambar for long time.


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