Sambar dhal

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Sambar dhal
Sambar dhal

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Sambar dal, nan, rice and yogurt
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:342
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:40 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:3rd November 2012
Sambar dhal, the ingredients

Sambar dhal (sambar dal), (sanber daal is a lentil stew or chowder. It is very popular in the cooking of southern regions of India especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

A nice vegetarian accompaniment or even a main dish if served with pillau rice and poppadoms or nan breads.


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  1. Rinse the lentils, place in a large pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the turmeric, chillies, coriander leaves and turmeric powder, aubergines and tomatoes and juice, salt & sugar. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are very soft.
  3. Heat the oil in a small pan. Sauté the onions and garlic for 4 minutes or until soft and golden.
  4. Add the ginger, cumin, fenugreek and mustard seeds and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir the onion mix into the lentils and serve.

Chef's notes

I like to powder half of the spices and very roughly grind the remaining half to get a coarse spice mix that holds little taste-bursts when you get them.

See also

Peeling ginger

There is no need to peel ginger. As a result of attending a Thai cookery demo, we have learnt that peeling ginger is unnecessary unless for aesthetic purposes as the skin is high in fibre and full of flavour. However, do remove any bits that have become tough or woody.

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