Hi guys

I hope you are all having a great start to the week. So back to normal this week and it’s time for my #recipeoftheweek
This is a brand new recipe and yes you guessed it I have been playing with my new favourite dish from my travels. This is so new it’s not even on the website yet so it would be a huge help if you gave me your feedback on this one. This is my South Indian Sambar

Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 35 mins
Serves: 2
Make the sambar powder mix first and set to one side until it's needed in the recipes.
Sambar Powder
* 25g dried red chilli peppers
* 12g coriander seeds
* 5-7curry leaves
* 6g fenugreek seeds
* 6g channa dhal
* 3g cumin seeds
* 3g black peppercorn
* 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
1. Roast each one separately then cool and grind to a powder. You won't need all the sambar powder grind it up and save remaining for another time.

Ingredients
* 2 tomatoes, chopped
* 1 onion, sliced
* 1/2 Drumstick (vegetable) (can add carrots and diced potatoes if you want to)
* 1/3 cup / 60g Toor dal (pigeon pea lentil)
* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
* 2 cups / 500ml Water
* 1 tbsp, tamarind soaked in water
* 1 tbsp oil
* 2 tsp split Chana dal
* 1 tsp Mustard seeds
* 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
* 6 Curry leaves
* 1/4 tsp asafoetida
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 green chilli, chopped
* 1 tbsp Sambar powder
* 3 tsp Salt
* 2 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
Method
1. Prep the vegetables - Chop the tomatoes, drumsticks and slice the onions.
2. Wash the toor dal in water and boil it with turmeric powder and 500ml water in your pressure cooker for 5-6 whistles. Or boil until the dal becomes soft (40 mins).
3. Mean while, soak the tamarind in boiling water for about 20 minutes.
4. In a second pan, heat oil and add chana dal and cook for about 30 seconds then add the mustard seeds.
5. Once the mustard seeds pop add fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and chopped chilli and cook for few seconds.
6. Now add chopped garlic and sliced onion and saute for few mins until translucent.
7. Add the chopped tomatoes, drumsticks and 1 tbsp of the prepared sambar powder and give a quick stir.
8. Sieve and add the tamarind juice and salt to taste and cook for about 5 min.
9. Now add the boiled toor dal with the cooking water, mix all the ingredients and add salt to taste. Cook for about 5-7 min.
10. When the drum stick is soft it’s cooked. (These can stay fibrous so don’t worry too much. To loosen add a little water or if you prefer it thicker continue to cook and thicken. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.

30 comments,2 shares,12 likes
Arthur vdH
9 months

Ha, the recipe is much clearer now @Hari Ghotra . Great improvement! (Sorry for the late reaction, had a spot of trouble logging in to the app on a new phone.)

Jo dunn
9 months

@hvondrus you are one amazing person! Thank you! 😎💕

hvondrus
9 months

@Jo dunn you did not fail! stop thinking like that. i have thrown a bunch of stuff away at times too overseasoning. it happens. give yourself a break, bounc back and move on. dont beat yourself up. love yourself. try smaller quantities, keep your own log of how much of what you have used. look at all the beautiful nice dishes you created. lift up the positive❤❤❤❤❤ wonderful nice dishes you create all the time.❤❤❤

hvondrus
9 months

@Arthur vdH hi! yes i think the recipe makes a big batch. be careful w the asafodita. its very strong garlicky flavoured spice!

hvondrus
9 months

@Hari Ghotra Hi! what is that drumstick? or do refer to a 1/2 drumbstick from a chicken???

Rinki Dey
9 months

Thanks. I learnt to make paella on my trip.

Hari Ghotra
9 months

Welcome back @Rinki Dey hope you had a good time

Rinki Dey
9 months

Looks lovely! Perfect for thanksgiving! Sorry was out of touch for few days in spain hence!

Hari Ghotra
9 months

Many thanks for the feedback - sorry if it was confusing. I have reworked it and reduced the amounts for the sambar powder. I assumed cups for the lentils would be easier for you. @Jo dunn @Arthur vdH

Hari Ghotra
9 months

This was a very quick one so I will update with your feedback

Arthur vdH
9 months

I think you’re confused because the recipe for the sambar powder is moxed in with the recipe @Jo dunn . The quantities for the sambar are all in the usual “container” units, for the sambar powder they’re all weights.

I do agree that the amount of mix is too much @Hari Ghotra . One bag of dried chillies that I bought is 40g. When I see that I need just 1tbsp per recipe I know that 40g is already quite a lot. So I’d make 1/5 of the recipe.

Asafoetida is the only quantity that cannot be evenly divided by 5. So I’d either use a heaped knife tip, or I’d weigh out a gram and use just over half. It’s cooking, not chemistry. It doesn’t need to be exact to the milligram.

Jo dunn
9 months

Feedback:
I have just wasted loads and loads of really good spices😭. This recipe doesn't work. (for me at any rate 😫).
It's a mix of measuring methods: Cups, (what is a cup in UK?) then grams, tsps & tbsps, all very confusing. Much better to stick to one method of measurement I feel imho. Too much going on and I've lost the plot! 😩 just added oil and sliced onions to the wrong pan, yes, the one with all the dried roasted spices in😱arrrgg. I've given up now. Feeling like I've failed😳. It's a lot more than 15 min prep. Much too big a quantity of sambar powder even if you want some for storing for other meals, it's a vast amount. Drumsticks are exceptionally difficult to find, especially if you live in the sticks!!!!! (hahaha)!!!! Sorry!
@Hari Ghotra

Jo dunn
9 months

@Hari Ghotra 200g dried chillies

Jo dunn
9 months

I know!!!!!!! ..... but even so, it's a crazy amount. Have you tried to weigh out 200g dried chillis????🤯😱😳😱 @Arthur vdH ? It's hundreds and hundreds of dried chillies!!!

Arthur vdH
9 months

That threw me too at first @Jo dunn , but those amounts are for a stash of sambar powder that’ll see you through the next decade and a half. The recipe calls for only 1 tbsp.

Jo dunn
9 months

@Hari Ghotra
These amounts for the Sambar are way too much.
I have used one TENTH and that's still a helluva lot of dried chillies, coriander etc! im only cooking for 2people, not 200! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣.Are you sure you mean 100grams of dried chillies ?

Susan Geist
9 months

@Jo dunn Thanks! I've never heard of this vegetable, but am intrigued.

ediblegarden
9 months

I too, need some clarity on drumstick (vegetable)😉

traceyross
9 months

Thank you @Hari Ghotra

Hari Ghotra
9 months

@traceyross yes Kashmiri dried chillies