Sambar rice is a one-dish-meal and can be eaten with onion raitha and chips/pappad.
Ingredients: (Serves Two)
Rice – 1 teacup (150ml)
Onion – small, 1 no, chopped
Toor dhal (red gram dhal) – ½ teacup (75ml)
Vegetables – Cut into cubes, 1 teacup (150ml)*
Tomato – small, 1no, chopped
Sambar powder – 1½ teaspoon
Tamarind paste – 1 teaspoon
Salt – 2 teaspoons (adjust to taste)
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves – a few (optional)
*You may use carrot, potato, egg plant, pumpkin, French beans and capsicum in desired combination.
Method: Cut the vegetables into cubes. Wash all the vegetables well and drain. Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add mustard seeds and once they start to sputter add onion pieces. Fry till they become transparent. Add tomato pieces and sauté for a minute. Add the vegetables and sauté for 2 minutes. Wash rice and dhal well and add to the cooker. Dissolve tamarind paste well in one teacup (150ml) of water. Add sambar powder to the tamarind water and mix well. Pour this mixture into the cooker. Add 3 teacups (450ml) of water, salt and curry leaves. Mix well, cover the lid and cook on medium flame. Check if the steam escapes through the nozzle, and then place the weight. After pressure builds up and the cooker starts to whistle, keep the fire on for 6 whistles. Switch off the fire. Wait for the pressure to subside and then open the lid. Mix the contents very well. Your sambar rice is ready!
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