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.
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
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