Sambar Sadam / Sambar rice is a common dish in most of Tamilnadu vegetarian restaurants. It’s an easy one pot meal, which is a mix of vegetables, lentils and rice with a mild tangy flavour from tamarind. Though it tastes similar to bisi bele baath, the process is completely different. It is ideal for lunch box and tastes great with a simple onion raita.
Sambar sadam doesn’t require any grinding and you can make it during busy hours also. You can choose any vegetables of your choice and satisfy yourself with a wholesome healthy meal. Here is the recipe for a quick sambar sadam.
Sambar Sadam (Sambar Rice)
- Recipe Cuisine: Tamilnadu
- Recipe Category: Lunch
- Preparation Time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 20 mins
- Serves: 3 to 4
|Toor dal||¼ cup|
|Tamarind pulp (thin)||½ cup|
|Vegetables (carrot, beans, brinjal, potato, drumstick, cauliflower etc., )||2 cups|
|Shallots or Onion||½ cup|
|Whole garam masala (Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom)||1 each|
|Sambar powder||2 tsp|
|Turmeric powder||¼ tsp|
|Water||2 ½ cup|
|Mustard seeds||¼ tsp|
|Cumin seeds||½ tsp|
|Pepper corns||½ tsp|
|Curry leaves||1 sprig|
|Dry red chilli||2|
1. Wash and soak rice and dal together for 20 mins.
2. Soak tamarind in a bowl with little water and keep it aside. Meanwhile chop the vegetables and keep it ready.
3. In a pressure pan heat some oil and add in the whole garam masalas followed by green chilli, shallots and vegetables. Sauté them well.
4. Add in tomatoes, sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix them well and cook till the raw smell goes.
5. Add rice and dal. Give it a mix and add water.
6. Let it comes to a single boil. Cover with the lid and let it cook for 3 whistles in medium to high flame and 1 whistle in low to medium flame. Open the lid once the pressure release.
7. Give it a stir and add in tamarind extract and cook till the raw smell of tamarind goes.
8. Season it with the items mentioned under `For Seasoning` and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve it hot with a pappad and raita 🙂
* You can add any vegetables of your choice.
*You can substitute sambar powder with red chilli powder and coriander powder.
*You can do this in open vessel also, following the same procedure.