Udipi is a small town in Karnataka state which is very famous for its temples and it’s delicious cuisine. It’s one of my most favourite cuisine. No restaurant can match the dosa and sambar that are served in Udipi restaurants.
I have made Udipi rasam earlier, but today was the first time that I tried Udipi sambar. The spices used for this sambar are almost the same as the ones used for bisibela bath.
The sambar was very aromatic, mildly sweet and indeed very delicious. It was a super hit with my family. I hope you all would like it too:)
Tuvar dal ( pigeon peas) – 1 Cup
Peeled shallots – 1 cup
Tomatoes – 2
Tamarind – small lemon sized
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Grated jaggery – 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Grated coconut – 4 tbsps
Oil – 3 tsps
Mustard – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Hing( asafoetida/ perungayam) – 1/4th tsp
To roast and grind
Coriander seeds ( dhania) – 2 tsps
Urad dal ( black gram/ ullundhu)- 1 tsp
Chana dal ( Bengal gram/ kadala paruppu) -1tsp
Pepper – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds ( jeera) – 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds ( methi/vendhayam) – 1/4th tsp
Red chillies – 6-7
Soak tamarind in 2 cups of water for 30 mins. Squeeze well and take the extract.
Wash and soak tuvar dal for 30 mins. Drain the water completely. Add 2 cups of fresh water and 1/4th tsp of turmeric powder.
Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. It should be very soft and mushy.
Wash the shallots. Wash and chop tomatoes.
Add the shallots, tomatoes, remaining turmeric powder, jaggery and salt to taste to the tamarind extract. Boil till the vegetables are cooked.
Roast the ingredients mentioned for grinding in a tsp of oil.
Cool and grind it along with coconut to a smooth paste.
Add the ground paste and the cooked dal to the tamarind mixture and mix well. Add required amount of water to get the sambar consistency( like a thick soup). Check for the seasonings and let it simmer for few mins.
Heat 2 tsps of oil in a pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add hing and curry leaves. Sauté for few seconds and add the tempering to the sambar.
Serve the sambar hot with steamed rice/ idli/dosa 🙂