March 23, 2008

Onion and Potato Sambhar (ಆಲೂಗಡ್ಡೆ ಈರುಳ್ಳಿ ಹುಳಿ)

The combination of Onions especially 'Shallots' and Potato sambar is very tasty compare to any other vegetable sambar. Check out the recipe.


Toor dal - 3/4 cup
12 to 15 shallots (baby onions)
2 ripe juicy tomatoes
2 cubed potatoes
11/2 tbsp of Sambhar Powder
1 tsp of tamarind juice
1/4 tsp of grated jaggery
2 tsp of grated coconut

  • Pressure cook the toor dal until soft for 3 whitsles.
  • Cut and cook the vegetables (only tomatoes and potatoes, let the onion be whole) separately, don't pressure cook it, it will get mashed.
  • Grind grated coconut, sambhar powder, tamarind juice  (squash some tamarind paste in a water) and make fine paste.
  • Mix cooked toor dal, vegetables and the paste, add salt and boil for few minutes in simmer flame with stirring in between.
  • Serve hot with Idlis and rice.
Sambhar Powder ( ಹುಳಿ ಪುಡಿ )

It has been quite a long time I bloged anything into my site, let me start with this Sambhar Powder. Sambhar powder can be used for variety of dishes. It is very easy to prepare and can be stored for a long time.


Mustard seeds - 1 tbl spoon
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tbl spoon
Jeera (Cumin seeds) - 1 tbl Spoon
Coriander seeds - 3 tbl spoon
Pepper corns - 1/4 tbl spoon
Red chillies - 150gms
Oil - 1/2 tea spoon

  1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds fry for few mts till it splutters.
  2. Add fenugreek seeds fry till it turns golden brown, and add coriander seeds fry till it turns brown and add pepper corns.
  3. Add Red chillies and fry for few seconds in a medium flame, ( don't fry till it turns black)
  4. Grind all the above and make a fine powder and store it in a air tight container.