Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Food for Beginners. Today’s Lesson, Sambar

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This is the second installment in Cooking with Sujaya. My dear friend, Sujaya, teaches me how to cook Indian cuisine. I’m no chef, but the meals that I cook (that I’m comfortable cooking) are the meals that my mother passed down to me. In this same vein, Sujaya, teaches me what her mother taught her. Her recipes teach us how to include spices in every stage of the cooking process, as well as, how not to be scared of spices or ingredients you might not know anything about.

We used a pressure cooker for this recipe, but a Dutch oven would have done the trick. The pressure cooker is mostly to speed up the cook of the Sambar. If you have time, and don’t have a pressure cooker, a Dutch oven will be fine.

I didn’t include the process of the Dosa you see in this picture because it was pre-made batter. Making the Dosa was as simple as pouring the batter on a hot-flat-skillet and rounding out your desired shape. Wait until the edges form, and then flip. Easy.

Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Food for Beginners. Today’s Lesson, Sambar
Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Food for Beginners. Today’s Lesson, Sambar

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Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Food for Beginners

Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Cooking for Beginners

Olga Rosales Salinas
Sambar (spiced vegetables with lentils) and Dosa
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker
  • Dutch Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Medium opo squash
  • 1 white raddish
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup toor dal (Split yellow pigeon peas)
  • 1 tbsp tamarind extract
  • 1 tbsp sambar powder
  • salt to taste

Tempering Ingre

  • 2 tbsp Gee
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 5 dried red chilies
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp hing

Instructions
 

  • Cut the vegetables up into small pieces. Cook toor dhal in a pressure cooker / instant pot for 10 minutes and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • How to Temper:
    Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp Gee/oil. Once hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, dried red chilies and hing. Let it all splutter and when it stops, pour it on top of the Sambar.
  • For Sambar:
    Put one tbsp oil in the instant pot and when it is hot, add the vegetables, turmeric and salt. Fry it all for about two minutes before adding two cups of water and the tamarind extract. Let this cook until it comes to a rolling boil. Next, add the sambar powder and let it cook for 5 minutes. Once the vegetables are soft, they are cooked, and you can add the cooked toor dhal.

Notes

Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Food for Beginners
Cooking with Sujaya: Indian Food for Beginners
Keyword Dosa, Lentils, Sambar,, Vegetables

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