Sambher is a lentil based vegetable stew based on a broth made with Tamarind. It is popular in South Indian and Sri Lankan (Tamil) cuisines.
Split Pigeon Peas/Toor Dal soaked 1/2 cup
SDS Sambhar Masala
Drumstick peeled 1
Potato peeled 1 medium
Red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) peeled 50 grams
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tablespoons
Sambhar Onions 10-15
Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves 15-20
Green chillies slit 2
Dried red chillies broken 1
Tamarind pulp 1 tablespoon
Heat 2 cups water in a deep nonstick pan. Cut drumstick into 1 inch pieces and add to the pan. Cube potato and red pumpkin and add along with salt. Cover and cook till vegetables are cooked.
Pressure cook dal with salt and 1 cup water till 3-4 whistles are given out. Open the lid of the cooker when the pressure reduces completely and mash the dal well. Heat oil in a deep nonstick pan. Slice Sambhar onions.
Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and sambhar onions to the oil in the pan and sauté. Add green chilies and continue to sauté till fragrant.
Add red chilly and SDS Sambhar Masala and mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add a little water and mix. Add dal and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Add the vegetables along with the water in which they were cooked and mix.
Add tamarind pulp and mix well. Adjust consistency by adding water as required. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Serve hot with hot steamed rice or with idli or dosa.
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