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Sambar Sadam or Sambar Rice

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Vegan Sambar Sadam or Sambar Rice Recipe

Welcome to the world of South Indian flavors, where every bite is a celebration of vibrant spices and comforting aromas! Today, we present to you a beloved classic: Sambar Rice, also known as Sambar Sadam. This delightful one-pot meal brings together the goodness of aromatic rice, a medley of vegetables, and a tangy lentil-based sambar. With each spoonful, you’ll experience a harmonious blend of flavors that will transport you straight to the heart of South India. Whether you’re a fan of traditional South Indian cuisine or looking to embark on a culinary adventure, our Sambar Rice is sure to captivate your senses. So, join us as we unravel the secrets of this iconic dish and embark on a journey through the rich culinary heritage of the region.

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Ingredients for Millet rice: 

  1. Rice – 1/2 cup
  2. Toor dal – 1/3 cup
  3. Shallots – cut in half – 8-10
  4. Carrots – Diced – 1/4 cup
  5. Green beans – cut – 1/4 cup
  6. Drumstick – cut – 3-4 pieces
  7. Tomato – slit – 2
  8. Turmeric powder – 1/2  + 1 Tsp
  9. Red chili powder – 1 Tsp
  10. Sambar Masala – 2 sp
  11. Hing Powder – 1/4 + 1/4  Tsp
  12. Water – 4 cups
  13. Vegetable oil – 1 TBSP
  14. Mustard seeds – 1 Tsp
  15. Cumin seeds – 1 Tsp
  16. Fenugreek seeds / Methi dana – 1 Tsp
  17. Whole chilies – 4-5
  18. Curry leaves – 10-12
  19. Tamarind concentrate – 1 TBSP
  20. salt to taste 

Method – 

  1. Take the dal and rice in a bowl and wash them thoroughly 3-4 times. Add the washed dal-rice to a pressure cooker.  Add 1/2 Tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 Tsp hing powder, 2 cups water, few drops of vegetable oil  and pressure cook on low to medium flame for 3-4 whistles.  Perfectly cooked dal rice!!!
  2. Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium heat. Once hot , add vegetable oil. Add mustard seeds, let them crackle , add cumin seeds , methi dana , red chilies , curry leaves and shallots. Saute for 2-3 minutes or till the shallots start turning translucent.
  3. Add vegetables of your choice – I am adding carrots , green beans , drumsticks . Add tomatoes and again saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the masalas – Turmeric powder – 1 Tsp , red chili powder , sambar masala , salt to taste , tamarind concentrate and mix well. Add 1 cup water and cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or till the vegetables are cooked.
  5. Add cooked dal rice and mix well. Adjust salt and water to get perfect consistency. Cover and simmer on low heat for 8-10 minutes till all the flavors are absorbed in rice. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro. Serve hot with your choice of papad and pickle. Makes a perfect option for lunch box as well.

As we conclude our flavorful journey through the realm of Sambar Rice, we hope this traditional South Indian dish has brought you joy and a newfound appreciation for the diverse flavors of India. The delicate balance of spices, the comforting texture of rice, and the wholesome goodness of lentils and vegetables all come together to create a truly satisfying meal. Whether enjoyed on its own or accompanied by a side of papad or yogurt, Sambar Rice offers a wholesome and nourishing dining experience. So, dive into this bowl of aromatic goodness, share it with loved ones, and let the flavors transport you to the vibrant streets of South India. May each spoonful of Sambar Rice bring you warmth, comfort, and a taste of authentic South Indian cuisine. Enjoy!

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