Easy tiffin sambar with full video and step by step pictures. This tiffin sambar is a simple, easy, quick and delicious sambar for idli, dosa and ven pongal. You can easily prepare this tiffin sambar for festivals and other family occasions because it's easy and quick without any complicated steps.
This tiffin sambar includes moong dal, carrots, potato, brinjal, onions, tomato and green chilly. You can also include vegetables like capsicum, yellow pumpkin for this sambar. I prefer to use moong dal for this sambar. When compared to moong dal, toor dal requires more time to cook so I omitted it. Instead of moong dal you can also use masoor dal . To keep this recipe simple, I used sambar powder and there is no need for any dry roasting and grinding works. A handful of fresh coconut is ground along with cooked tomato and sambar powder which gives a nice colour for the sambar. If you plan to prepare sambar in advance make the sambar in thin consistency because moong dal sambar thickens if you set it aside for an hour. A thinner consistency sambar tastes good with idli. While making the sambar, make sure the dal and vegetables are cooked well. Also, do not cook the vegetables and dals for more than 6 whistles because vegetables lose their colour and texture if they cooked longer time. Let's see how to prepare this easy tiffin sambar with step by step pictures and detailed video recipe.
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Easy Tiffin Sambar Recipe Details
Prep time : 15 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : side dish
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan
- 1/4 cup moong dal
- 1 small carrot, sliced
- 1 potato, cubed
- 2 brinjal, cubed
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 green chilly
- 2 tomato
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
- 2 tbsp grated coconut
- 1 tbsp sambar powder
- 1 small lemon sized tamarind
- 4 red chillies
- 1 tsp mustard and urid dal
- few curry leaves
- few coriander leaves
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp oil
Add 1/4 cup moong dal to a pressure cooker and rinse it well for 2 times. Add carrot, brinjal, potato, onions green chillies and tomato. Then pour 1 cup water and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder. Add 2 tsp gingely to avoid foaming. Pressure cook for 4 whistles until soft.
Soak tamarind in warm water and extract juice with 1 cup water. Allow the pressure to settle naturally and open the pressure cooker.
Gently take the tomato and remove the skin. Allow the tomato to cool down. Add the cooked tomato, grated coconut and sambar powder in a small chutney jar and grind it smoothly.
Mash the dals and vegetables gently with a ladle to get a smooth texture.
Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard, urid dal and broken red chillies. Allow them to crackle and add the tamarind extract. Add required salt and allow it to boil.
When the tamarind boils for a few minutes, add the mashed dal vegetable mixture to the kadai. Pour 1 to 1.5 cups water and mix well. Adjust the quantity of water as required because moong dal requires more water when compared to toor dal and massor dal.
Add the ground tomato coconut paste and mix well with the dal.
Now taste and adjust salt, tamarind and spiciness as needed. Add another half tsp asafoetida powder. You can also add a small piece jaggery. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the sambar to boil for 7 minutes.
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