Radish Sambar

Hi all! Hope all my blogger friends are doing fine. It has been a real long gap and I thought I should break the silence at least today. Once there is a gap in blogging, it takes lot of effort to come out of the block. Anything in life, for that matter.

I am back with a recipe for sambar. I am a kind of person who really gets bored of cooking the same dishes again & again. I always love to try out new recipes. But being a south Indian, it so happens that I cook sambar & rasam frequently(at least twice per week). That's my comfort food. As I said earlier, I get bored of following the same recipes and would love to experiment.
So, I came up with this recipe for sambar and I should say, the result was outstanding. The addition of spice powder and cumin did the magic and sure to give any hotel, a run for money.
Try out the magical sambar!

Radish - (sliced into thin rounds) handful or depending on your taste
(Substitute radish with drumsticks/carrots or anything you wish)
Tamarind paste - 1.5 tsp or equivalent pulp extracted
Sambar Powder - 1 tablespoon
Spice powder (check the recipe here) - 1/2 to 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For pressure cooking:
Toor dhall - 1 cup
Onion - 1 chopped thin lengthwise or chopped fine
Tomato - 1 finely chopped
Slit green chillies - 2
Turmeric powder - 1.5 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp

For seasoning:
Mustard - 1.5 tsp
Fenugreek - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tsp

For garnishing:
Curry leaves, cilantro & a dollop of ghee(optional)

1. Pressure cook the ingredients listed for pressure cooking with 2.5 cups of water for 4 whistles.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil, season with the seasoning ingredients. Add radish and fry well. Add a little water and boil till the radish gets cooked. Radish takes a bit longer time for getting cooked and make sure that it is cooked to perfection before adding the tamarind paste.
Now add the tamarind paste and a little water. Boil well.
3. Mash the pressure cooked ingredients and add to the boiling sambar. Add sambar powder, spice powder and salt. Bring to a boil.

Garnish with curry leaves (you can also add this with the seasoning. I like it raw), cilantro and a dollop of ghee.
Serve with rice/idli/dosa or vada. Sure to taste heavenly.

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Priya said...

Wat a delicious and comforting food...just love this flavourful sambar..COngrats on ur awards and thanks for sharing dear..

Rohini said...

Yipee you are back!!
Am I the first one to comment?
Whatever, sambar sure looks heavenly..This method is definitely new, I am sure the great Sambar fan in my house (DH) is gonna love it.. ;)

kitchen queen said...

Yum yum and delicious sambar to go with hot rice and papad.

jeyashrisuresh said...

congrats on ur awards

jeyashrisuresh said...

sambhar looks nice and a nice variation of extra spices nd make the usual sambar a different one.

kitchen queen said...

congrats for ur awards.The radish sambar looks very delicious and nice to go with hot rice.

lata raja said...

Engadaa kanomnu paarththaen! how are you? Sambhar saapttu thembu vandhu post pottiyaa? Good flavoursome sambhar, Vidhya.
Have a great Thanks-giving!

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice sambar..traditional yummy recipe

Valarmathi said...

Yummy radish sambhar, looks delicious.

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my kitchen said...

Congrats,Flavorful sambhar,loves to eat

Usha said...

Radish sambar looks very inviting! Congrats on your awards...

Pari said...


Thanks its very nice good smell

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