Idli sambar
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Idli sambar

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Time to cook

35 minutes

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Difficulty

Easy

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Serves

2

A popular healthy South Indian breakfast meal where soft fluffy steamed cakes are served with a lightly tangy vegetable lentil stew.

A popular healthy South Indian breakfast meal where soft fluffy steamed cakes are served with a lightly tangy vegetable lentil stew.

Step-by-step instructions to cook

Prep

1

Wash and soak urad dal & parboiled rice separately in water for at least 6 hrs.

2

Rinse and soak poha with water for about 30 mins before blending.

3

Drain the water from soaked urad dal & poha and blend these with salt & water to make a thick, smooth, bubbly & frothy batter.

4

Blend rice with water to a little coarse batter and mix with the dal batter.

5

Set the batter aside in a warm place for at least 8 to 14 hours.

6

For sambar - Pressure cook the rinsed toor dal and moong dal along with water, oil and turmeric for 5 to 6 whistles. Allow the cooker to release pressure naturally before opening the lid.

7

Mash the cooked dal well with a ladle and set aside.

8

Soak tamarind in warm water, crush it roughly and set aside for 15 mins.

9

After 15 mins, crush well to extract the pulp and make the tamarind extract.

Cooking

1

For idli - Boil water in an idli steamer or a pressure cooker.

2

Mix the batter once and fill the greased moulds with batter.

3

When the water begins to bubble and steam up, place the stand in the steamer, cover and steam for exactly 10 mins on a high flame.

4

Turn off the heat, remove the idli stand after 2 mins and let it cool for 2 to 3 mins before removing the idlis.

5

For Sambar - Heat oil in a pot, add onion, tomato and green chilli, and saute for a few minutes until tomatoes turn mushy.

6

Add cooked, mashed dal and water, mix it well and cook covered for 10-12 mins for the veggies to get cooked.

7

Add tamarind extract and red chilli powder, mix well and let sambar boil.

8

For tadka, heat oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida (hing), curry leaves and let it splutter.

9

Add sambar masala, give a quick mix and switch off.

10

Add the tadka to boiling sambar, mix it well and boil for 3-5 mins.

11

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and switch off.

Nutrition information

(per serving)

Carbs

Carbs

54.5

Proteins

Proteins

9.2

Fats

Fats

2.5

Fiber

Fiber

4.7

275

kcal

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