Dec 20, 2012

Sambar rice

Sambar rice is that one pot cooking that makes life so simple on lazy days. There have been many days when this has been a savior and also been loved with the goodness of lentils and vegetables. My kids love big chunks of vegetables so this is an easy choice for me to serve them their veggies in their favorite chunky way.

Here is a simple version of sambar rice that is just made in no time

Serves... 2-3 ppl 
Serve option... With vadagams/chips

This is what u'll need....

Rice - 1/2 cup
Chana dal - little less than 1/2 cup
Tuvar dal - 2 tbspn
Onion - 1 
Tomato - 1 
Carrot - 1
Beans - 5-6 strings
Potato - 1
Radish - 1 
Drumstick - 5-6 one inch cuts
Brinjal/Eggplant - 2
Oil - 3 tbspn
Sambar powder 1 tbspn
Mustard seeds - 1 tspn
Urad dal - 1 tspn
Curry leaves for tadka
Ghee to taste
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Soak rice and dal for about 30 mins after running it clear

  • Cut all the vegetables into nice big chunks

  • Put everything in a pressure cooker and add sambar powder, salt. Pour 4 cups of water. I usually use 3 cups for cooking rice for everyday use. This would be a little more coz we want a little sticky consistency here

  • Pressure cook for at least 4-5 whistles and then leave it on low flame for 2-3 mins. Let this cool down and let the pressure go down. Get the tadka ready to be tossed in. A simple tadka with oil, mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves should be good to bring the flavors out. We are using a little more oil here to avoid getting the rice too sticky as it is going to be gooey

  • Serve hot with ghee on top of each serving

  • Dont think about using more oil. It is really needed to bring out the gooey but non-sticky texture
  • Pressure on medium-high flame to cook the rice-dal perfecto
  • Soaking the rice and dal will make it soft and tender

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