Kovaikkai Sambar. Dhondakkai Sambar.
It used to be another boring Sambar in University Hostel! They will make this sambar 2-3 times a weak! We hated it! But not anymore….now I rarely spot this veggie in the market! I got so little this time(that was the last few pieces left in an Asian Grocery Store)not to mention….drove 70 miles for that!! It was so little to make fry or to try anything new….so went with that hostel menu!
Ivy Gourd 1/4 kilo(Sliced)
Thoor Dal 1 cup
Onion 1 large
Tomato 1 large
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Sambar Powder(home made) 1-2 spoons
Tamarind paste 1 spoon
Ghee or oil few spoons
Cilantro leaves to garnish.
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Ghee/ Oil few spoons.
In a pressure cooker, add thoor dal + salt + few spoons of oil. Pressure cook till tender. Maybe for 3-6 whistles.
Now set this dal aside.
In a large crock pot, heat ghee. Add onions and fry till it is transluscent.
Then add toamtoes and fry till they turn pulpy. Add salt, turmeric and chili powder to this. Fry for 2 minutes.
Now stir-in sliced veggies and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Maybe till the oil coats.
Add cooked thoor dal now. Cover and cook till the veggies are done.
When the veggies are done, add tamarind paste, sambar powder and cilantro leaves. Bring this to boil once. Then transfer the contents to display ware.
In a seperate pan, heat oil and fry the tempering items in it. Then run this seasonning over the sambar prepared