Sambar Rice


This is inspired by the sambar rice that is served in some of the restaurants in South India. But this is my no means the recipe used by restaurants. I wanted to actually make a sambar and rice, but then thought of making a one pot dish. Instead of toor dal which is normally used for sambars, I used masoor dal. Unlike the version available in restaurants, which is kind of semi-solid, I made it more like a pulav. I also used my favorite green, spinach, to make it fiber rich. Served it with a dollop of ghee. It was a hearty meal. Add more water to make it semi-solid.

Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup masoor dal
3 tea spns sambar powder
1 tea spn red chilli powder
A pinch asafoetida
A pinch turmeric
1 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn tamarind extract
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup tomato
1 cup spinach (optional)
2 cups vegetables – cauliflower, yellow bellpepper(capsicum), carrot, potato
Oil
Salt

Method:
Wash together rice and dal. Keep aside.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves, asafoetida.
Add onion and fry for a few minutes. Add all the vegetables, spinach(optional) and tomato. Fry for a min.
Add rice and dal, turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, sambar powder, tamarind, salt. Mix everything.
Pour in 5 cups of water and let it cook on medium heat. If required, add more water. When most of heat is absorbed, reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 10mins.
Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot topped with a dollop of ghee.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 45mins

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  1. HI SHILPA
    THIS RECIPE IS QUITE HANDY WHILE TRAVELLING.HAS MASOOR DAL CHANGED ORIGINAL TASTE OR IT TASTES THE SAME?I WILL BE PREPARING SPROUTED MOONG PULAV.

    sudha borkar

  2. Hi GE..
    Last wk I made rice using most of the above mentioned items in addition to Peanuts and 1 table spoon Methi seeds and instead of Spinach , I used fresh beans cut in 1 inch pieces with GARAM MASALA…and small choped pieces of Lemon….it tasted very nice…
    Readers can try this too………
    It goes very nice with Udad Papad….

  3. Looks very appetizing! I haven’t tried a lot of Indian foods before but this looks like a must-try. Maybe I’ll try to make this one just for a change :) keep it up!

  4. hi shilpa

    it’s very good recipe tried last week and turned very good.

    can u pls post some finger food recipe for small babies

  5. hello,

    I used toor dhal instead of masoor dhal, it came out well.thanx fr the yummy recipe….u rock!!!!

  6. Shilpa -hi-though i am quite fond of masoor dal but any specific reason to swap arhar with this? does this make it tastier/ healthier? Thanx

  7. Hi Shilpa,

    On the outset – your blog is just excellent. I happened to pass through it couple of days ago and since then, I am hooked to it and exploring all the recipes..

    Today, I made Sambar rice. Since I dont have masoor dal handy, I used normal Tuar Dal (roasted dry) and it turned out to be just great. In the last, I added 1 spoon of Ghee and sprinkled some grated coconut.. And in the veggies, I added carrot, Bhendi along with Onion and Tomato… it’s just awesome..

    More or less – it appears as bisebella bath – but the spices used while making this bisebella bath are differen.

    If the veggies are cut and kept ready, making sambar rice is just few minutes..

    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe.

    Have a great day.
    Regards
    Ratna