As we are so much used to making the arachu vitta sambhar, I find it really hard to make this simple sambhar. My husband does a great job however. This recipe was given to me by my husband :) He makes a flawless podi potta sambhar. Simple and tasty...
Sambhar Podi 1 1/2 tsp
Tamarind (1 small lemon sized ball extract), or 1 tsp of concentrated tamarind extract
Green chilli slit long 1
Mustard seeds (1 tsp), curry leaves (1 sprig)
Methi seeds (5-6 seeds)
3-4 tsp oil (refined sunflower/corn/canola or sesame oil)
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp, 3-4 dashes of Hing,
1 cup Veggies of your choice (this may include vegetables like onions, bell peppers (capsicum), carrots, pumpkin, beans, brinjal, ladiesfinger/okra, drumsticks or just the left over veggies at home- my favourite is onions, bell peppers)
1 small tomato (optional)
1/2 cup cooked toor dal
Cook toor dal in a pressure cooker.
Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds-for flavour, add curry leaves
Add the veggies of your choice, 1 small tomato and 1 slit green chilli
Saute for a few min till the veggies are almost cooked.
Add the extract of 1 small lemon-sized tamarind ball. Add some salt, turmeric, hing and sambhar podi. Let it boil really well. The longer the time, better the flavour. The idea is that the veggies should absorb the masala flavour.
Now add the cooked dal and simmer for a few min. Add more water if the sambar is too thick. Check for salt. Add about 1/8 tsp of jaggery/Gur to balance the sharp sour taste of tamarind.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with rice and cooked seasoned vegetables.
Refer the link sambhar podi for the podi recipe given to me by my grandma.