Quick Onion Tomato Sambar


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Quick Onion Tomato Sambar
A simple, quick onion tomato sambar recipe for a South Indian lentil preparation - Sambar. Can be had with plain rice. Pressure cooker compatible. Can be had with plain rice. Veggies like Okra, carrots, radish, eggplants, potatoes or pumpkin can also be used to make a veggie sambar.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian-Vegetarian, South Indian
Servings: 6 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. Cow's Ghee/ Clarified butter
  • 1 tsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek / Methi Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Mustard seeds / Rai
  • 1 tsp. Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 Green Chillies
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 1 Onions Medium sized, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes Medium sized, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Tuver Dal / Pigeon Peas lentils-washed thrice
  • 3 Cups water
  • 1 Tsp. Tamarind Paste
  • 2 Tsp. Jaggery- optional or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Sambar Masala
  • salt
  • 1 Tsp. Tamarind Paste
  • 2 Tsp. Jaggery-
  • 1 Tbsp. Sambar Masala
  • ½ Tsp. Rasam Powder.
Instructions
  1. Put the pressure cooker on a medium flame Pour the oil and allow to heat-not smoke. Add Methi/fenugreek seeds & Mustard seeds. Allow to crackle.
  2. Add Asafoetida, Turmeric, chilly and curry leaves - let crackle on low heat. Avoid charring/burning
  3. Add roughly chopped onion. Saute till translucent Add tomatoes.
  4. You Can Add diced veggies of choice - pumpkin, Okra, carrot, Aubergine, radish
  5. Add 1 Tbsp. Sambar Masala Add. Half Tsp. Rasam Powder
  6. Add 3 Cups water. Add Salt- to taste Add 1 Tsp. Tamarind Paste. Add 2 Tsp. Jaggery(optional or to taste)
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add Tuver Dal/Pigeon Peas(lentils)
  9. Put the Cooker to pressure till minimum 3 whistles
  10. Taste. Adjust Taste. Serve with plain rice

Veg Manchurian


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Veg Manchurian
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
This recipe can be made from the readily available frozen veggies and the shredded veggie mixes available in supermarkets.
Cuisine: Indo-Chinese
Ingredients
For the Dumplings
  • 2 cups shredded veggies beetroot, cabbage, green beans, carrot, capsicum, onion and spring onions. Before using the shredded veggies for dumplings set aside about half a cup to add to the Manchurian sauce later
  • 1 cup Corn flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste or quantity to taste
  • 2 tbsp / to taste – Red and green chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp crushed black peppercorn powder
  • salt Soy sauce does have salt
  • 3 tbsp Corn flour
For the Sauce
  • 3-4 cups water room temperature
  • 3 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Hot sauce
  • 3-4 Green Chillies – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 2 tsp crushed pepper powder
  • 1 Spring onion – finely chopped – set aside for seasoning
  • 2 tsp Oil of choice oil of choice – preferably Sesame oil or Peanut oil
  • 2 tsp crushed pepper powder
  • 1 Spring onion – finely chopped – set aside for seasoning
  • 2 tsp Oil of choice – preferably Sesame oil or Peanut oil
Instructions
  1. Method (For the dumplings) Mix all the ingredient to form a tight dough Bind well without adding any water Roll into balls
  2. Deep fry, shallow fry or air fry till crisp and set aside.
  3. Method (For the Sauce) In a bowl, mix ingredients 1 to 5 into a smooth fluid mix and set aside In a heated wok, pour the oil and add ginger and garlic paste till they turn pink. Add the chopped chillies and crushed pepper
  4. Add the half cup of shredded veggies which were set aside earlier
  5. Add the liquid mix and give it a boil Keep stirring to avoid starchy lumps. Once the mixture starts glazing, add the dumplings.
  6. Add water if required. Add Salt to taste if required Give it a roaring boil letting the dumplings absorb the flavours Taste. Adjust
  7. Transfer to serving bowl, garnish with finely chopped spring onions Enjoy with a bowl of rice or noodles!
Recipe Notes

Kadhi

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Kadhi
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Gujarati Kadhi: A no-nonsense instant solace incarnate! Made from Chickpea flour, yogurt and a few spices.
Course: Accompaniment
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian-Vegetarian
Servings: 3 People
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Buttermilk/Laban Use thick buttermilk - sourness by choice or 1.5 cups curd/yogurt/dahi
  • 1 cup water for curd/yogurt/dahi - use 2.5 cups
  • 2 Tbsps. Besan /chana atta/ Chikpea flour
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery- monitor as per liking of sourness in the Kadhi
  • 1 piece Fresh Ginger/ Adrak / aadu peeled, washed and grated
  • 15-20 leaves curry leaves
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Cilantro / Coriander / Kothmir/Hara Dhania - washed and finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies washed and slit vertically
  • 1 Big dry Red chilli
  • 12-15 whole Pepper Corns
  • 1 Cinnamon/ taj/ dalchini about 2 inches long
  • 2 tsp. Fenugreek / Methi Seeds
  • 2 tsp. Mustard seeds / Rai
  • 2 tsp. Cumin seeds / Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 Tbsp. Cow's Ghee/ Clarified butter
Instructions
  1. In the bowl mix ingredients number 3,4,5,6
  2. Whisk well, Transfer to a wok On a low flame stirring frequently put the wok
  3. Add a some 7-8 curry leaves, a little grated ginger, 1 green chilli & 3-4 pinches of Coriander
  4. Add jaggery
  5. Let the Kadhi come to a good happy boil Kadhi boils over like milk
  6. Keep stirring frequently or the kadhi will boil over and jagger shall stick to bottom & burn. Put the wok by the side once the kadhi come to a boil
  7. In a small pan or a convenient vessel over a low flame, put 1Tbsp. Cow's Ghee/ Clarified butter
  8. immediately add the cinnamon stick, pepper corns allow the ghee to melt
  9. add fenugreek/ methi seeds
  10. add 2 tsp. Raai/mustard seeds,2 tsp. Cumin/Jeera let all crackle add the asafoetida
  11. Add rest of the ginger, chillies, cilantro & curry leaves saute well, stirring till a beautiful aroma wafts in kitchen
  12. Add the previously put aside mixture to the tempering and allow to boil for a few minutes
Recipe Notes

Care should be taken to avoid all the spices going"black". If the heat is too intense, remove from flame and let the spices release their flavors. Transfer "all" of it to the kadhi in the wok Put kadhi again on a slow flame to give one more boil over and cover

Plain rice goes well with Kadhi. Kadhi is also an excellent accompaniment with Veggie Pulao