Sambar(Kolmbo)

This is one of the most popular dish of North Canara, a traditional Konkani Sambar. My Aayi is a specialist in cooking this.This is my all time favorite sambar. When I was a kid, I used to ask for this dish almost 3-4days a week. All others in the home got so bored of it that, they all used to object when I asked for this. I used to eat it continuously for 2-3days. Now, my husband is a huge fan of this dish. So I can make and eat it for days.

Usually this is served with rice. But I think this can also be served with idli or dosas. I advice everyone to taste this atleast once, I can bet you will love it.

Ingredients :
1/2 cup toor daal
1/2 cup grated fresh/frozen coconut
1 tspn chana daal
1 tspn coriander seeds
1 tspn mustard seeds
1/2 tspn cumin seeds
1/4 tspn methi seeds
A pinch asafoetida
7-8 curry leaves
1/2 inch piece cinnamon(optional)
5-6 cloves(optional)
5-6 red chilies
Vegetables – green beans, carrot, cauliflower, tomato, potato, drumsticks
Oil
2-3 strands coriander leaves
A pinch turmeric
Salt

Method:
Cook daal with little turmeric and 2 drops of oil (turmeric and oil help daal to cook early). Cook vegetables separately. Heat 1 tspn oil and fry ingredients from chana daal to red chillies. Add coconut and fry for 2-3 minutes. Grind to a thin paste. Heat cooked daal, add vegetables, ground masala and salt. Heat for 5-10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Heat 1tspn oil. Add mustard seeds, when they start popping, add curry leaves. Add this seasoning to the cooked sambar. Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 5
Preparation time : 30min

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