Saturday, February 18, 2012

Idli Sambar

Idli is one of the very common breakfast in many households in southern part of India, especially in TamilNadu. This sambar is an excellent combination for Idli and its very easy to make. Also you can have coconut chutney and idli podi (gun powder) along with this Idli and sambar.


Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Tomato - 2 (cut to cubes)
Red chilli - 2
Green Chilli - 2
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Corriander/dhania powder - 3 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Corriander leaves/Cilantro - for garnishing


1) In a pan, dry roast both toor dal and moong dal.

2) Transfer this to a pressure cooker. Along with this add 1/2 of the chopped onion, tomato, turmeric powder and 2 1/2 cups of water.

3) Pressure cook it for about 4 to 5 whistles. Keep the cooked dal mixture aside.

4) Heat a pan, add oil and add mustard seeds.  Once it splutters, add urad dal, curry leaves and red chillies.

5) Add the remaining chopped onion and green chillies.

6) Saute it well and add the dal mixture to it.

7) Add chilli powder, corriander powder and salt.

8) Let it boil for about 5 to 7 minutes and finally garnish it with cilantro.

Sambar along with soft and spongy idli is now ready to taste.


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