Monday, August 27, 2007

Bell Pepper Sambhar(Kudaimilagai Sambhar)

I love the aroma of this sambhar!This sambhar can also be served as a side dish to dosas/idlis.Its simply amazing !
I just added few small onions for the flavour though that is optional.

Ingredients :

1/2 cup of cooked toor dal(Boil the toor dal with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder)
1 Medium size Bell Pepper(Green)-chopped
2-3 small onions (Optional)
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon of methi seeds
2 tablespoon of sambhar powder
Tamarind of a size of a lemon soaked in warm water
A pinch of asafoetida powder
2 tablespoon of sesame oil

Heat 2 tablespoon of sesame oil in a vessel.Fry mustard seeds and when it starts spluttering add methi seeds,small onions(which is optional) and chopped bell peppers.Saute them for a minute or two.Add sambhar powder,mix and saute again for 2 more mins.
Add tamarind extract and the required salt.Cover the vessel and boil for 5 mins in medium size.
Now add the cooked dal and mix well.Cover the vessel and boil it for 6-7 mins.
Adjust salt and add a pinch of asafoetida powder.Mix well and garnish with cilantro.
Serve hot with rice.This sambhar goes well with idlis and dosas too !

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