Shallot(Small Onion) Sambar

imageShallot sambar

Shallot sambar is prepared with shallots/pearl(Small) onions. This is simple to prepare and so delicious. I’ve prepared sambar with just shallots and tomatoes. If shallots are not readily available, we can replace them with big onions. To prepare the sambar I’ve used toor dal(Pigeon Peas), instead we can use moong dal also. Here I present humble and comforting shallot sambar which can be served with idly, dosa, ven pongal or hot steamed rice. Njoy Cooking, Serving n Savoring!

Author: Akshayakumbham
Course: Side dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4


Toor dal/kandi pappu: 1 cup

Shallots: 15-20 nos.

Tomato: 1 no. (Big)

Tamarind: Lemon size

Salt: As required

Turmeric: A pinch

Red chilli powder: Half tsp

Curry Leaves: A sprig

Coriander leaves: Few.

Sambar powder: 2 tsp

Sugar or jaggery powder: Half tsp(Optional)

Oil: 1 1/2 tbsp

Mustard: 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 th tsp

Hing: A pinch.

Method of preparation:

1. Rinse thoroughly the shallots, peel the skin of them and keep aside.

2. Take one cup of toor dal.image

3. Rinse well and pour two and half cups of water. Add a pinch of turmeric too.image

4. Pressure cook the toor dal in a pressure cooker for 5 whistles on high flame. Mash the cooked dal with ladle and keep aside.image

5. Meanwhile heat kadai and pour oil. Put mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When mustard splutter add a pinch of hing into it.image

6. Now add peeled shallots and mix well. Add a pinch of salt too.image

7. Fry the shallots on low flame for three minutes mixing at regular intervals.

8. Soak tamarind in enough water for 20 minutes.image

9. Now add chopped tomato to the fried shallots.image

10. Mix well and fry them on low flame till they are done completely. Add curry leaves too.image

11. Extract the tamarind pulp from soaked tamarind and add this to the onion tomato mixture. Add two tea spoons of sambar powder.image

12. Mix well and add chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder. Bring it to boil.image

13. When it starts boiling, add cooked and mashed toor dal to the fried onion tomato mixture. Add required amount of salt too.image

14. Boil the sambar for 5 minutes. Add half cup of water to get desired consistency. Add a pinch of sugar also. Addition of sugar enhances the taste.image

15. Now the flavourful shallots sambar is ready to serve.

16. Transfer the sambar into a serving bowl and serve hot.image

17. Serve the sambar with button idly or regular idly along with melted ghee and enjoy the flavours.image



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