Udupi Sambar – A fantastic sweet & sour sambar in Upupi cuisine. This sambar is totally different from normal South Indian sambar !!
Serves: 3 - 4
For dal :
1/2 cup ( 100 g ) tur dal (Indian standard measuring cup of 100 ml / 4 oz capacity)
300 ml water
1 teaspoon oil
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
Wash and clean tur dal. Soak dal for half an hour.
Pressure cook tur dal along with water, turmeric powder and oil for 20 minutes. Water level should be 1 - inch above dal ( reduce heat after 2nd whistle and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes). Allow the pressure cooker to cool naturally.
Open the lid. Gently mash cooked da mixture.
Other ingredients for sambar:
200 g pumpkin, gently peel off the outer skin and cut into ½ - inch cubes (or any other vegetables)
½ cup to ¾ cup water
3 tablespoons tamarind juice Small lemon sized tamarind (soak in ¼ cup water for half an hour and then strain it through a fine sieve) or ¾ teaspoon thick tamarind paste
1 teaspoon jaggery
¾ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 teaspoon sambar powder (Everest, MTR, Aashirvaad, udupi sambar powder or homemade sambar powder) Dilute sambar powder in 4 teaspoon water. Then it will blend easily with other ingredients
6 tablespoon grated coconut, make a fine paste of coconut in a small mixer bowl with 2 tablespoon water
In a bowl, mix boiled tur dal (along with dal stock), water (1/2 to ¾ cup), pumpkin, tamarind juice or thick paste, jaggery, salt to taste and diluted sambar powder. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 8 – 10 minutes until pumpkin almost cooked.
At this stage, add coconut paste. Mix well. Cover with lid again and cook on a low heat for another 8 minutes. Sambar is ready now.
For seasoning :
2 teaspoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 spring curry leaves (6 nos)
1 red chilli, halved
For seasoning :
Heat oil in a pan . Add mustard seeds. When they start crackle, add curry leaves and halved red chilli. Saute for 1 - 2 minutes until fragrant and crisp. Pour this seasoning over sambar. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves (optional). Serve with Idli / Dosa / Vada / Rice ....