This sambar is specially made for idly and dosa. It is very simple and also tastes great with both idli and dosa .You can do this with or without the vegetables. I did not use vegetables as I did not have time in the morning . Today we will learn how to make sambar for idli, dosa, pongal, upma following this easy sambar recipe.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, hing and curry leaves. Once dal changes to golden brown, add onions, green chillies and saute until it turns transparent.(Add 3 chillies if you are not using sambar powder).
Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Add vegetables (mix of carrot, potato, chow chow/chayote) at this stage if you are using it.
Add dal (moong dal/ pasi paruppu), salt needed, turmeric powder, sambar powder, 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles or until dal turns soft.
Open the cooker once the pressure goes down. Mash the contents slightly and then boil on medium flame 2-3 minutes.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with idli or dosa or pongal.
This sambar should be watery, so adjust the consistency by adding more or less of water.
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