Saturday 11 May 2013

Chinna Vengaya Sambar/Pearl Onion Sambar

Chinna vengaya sambar is a very traditional sambar made in South Indian homes. Usually it is made by grinding masala(arachu vita vengaya sambar) but here I chose an easy and quick version of sambar that can be made in a jiffy. This is my mom's simple vengaya sambar. Check out other South Indian Sambar and Dal varieties here.

Here’s how to make it with step by step photos…

Thoor dal/Thuvaram paruppu
1 cup
Sambar vengayam/Pearl onions
20 – 25 no
Green chillies
3 slit length wise
2 cut to cubes
Red Chilli Powder
1 tbsp
Coriander Powder
2 tbsp
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
One small goose berry size ball
Mustard seeds/Kadugu
½ tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
½ tsp
Black pepper corns/Milagu
10 – 15
Curry leaves
2 tsp
As needed
One pinch
2 – 3 tbsp finely chopped
Preaparation Time: 15 minutes                     Recipe Category: Main Course
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes                        Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, South India

Author: Priya Anandakumar

Wash and soak the thoor dal for 15 min. Pressure cook dal with 3 cups of water and turmeric powder for three whistles. After the steam releases mash the dal and keep it aside.

Add about ¼ cup of water to the tamarind and squeeze to get the extract, filter it and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds after it splutters add cumin seeds, black pepper, curry leaves, asafoetida and sauté for about 20-30 sec.   

Add the sambar vengayam, green chillies and sauté until golden brown for about 2-3 min. Add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy.

Now add the cooked dal with about ½ cup water, salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder and let it boil for about 3 – 5 min. After that add the tamarind extract and let it boil for another 2 min.

Finally garnish with washed and chopped cilantro.

Yummy and delicious vengaya sambar is ready to be enjoyed.

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  1. OMG my dad's fav or i can say our family fav which am lazy to prepare when i think of peeling small onion's

  2. yummy sambar.heard abt this.but never get chance to make.vl try soon.

  3. Yummy sambar..perfect side dish..

  4. wow this sambha sounds and looks super delicious Priya :)

  5. i know only the basic recipe of sambar but from ur posts, now i can try out so many versions dear.. this is so good.

  6. Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments...

  7. Ah perfect one for dosas or idlis

  8. Addition of pearl onions gives a very distinct taste.. Sambar looks simple yet delicious.. Got to try this Priya :-)

  9. making me nostalgic with this delicious sambar... looks so tempting... Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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