Idli Sambar recipe:
Idli Sambar is a popular South Indian dish consisting of soft, fluffy rice cakes (idli) served with a flavorful and aromatic lentil-based vegetable stew (sambar). This dish is not only delicious but also nutritious, making it a perfect choice for a wholesome breakfast or a light meal.
Ingredients: For Idli
- 1 cup of rice
- 1/2 cup of urad dal (split black gram)
- Salt to Taste
- Water for soaking
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- 1 cup of toor dal (split pigeon peas)
- 2 cups of mixed vegetables (such as carrots, potatoes, eggplant, drumsticks, and okra), chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2-3 green chilies, slit
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon of sambar powder (readily available or homemade)
- A small piece of tamarind, soaked in warm Water
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
- teaspoon of cumin seeds
- A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- A few curry Leaves
- Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish
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- Rinse and soak the rice and urad dal separately for 4-6 hours.
- Drain the water and grind them into a smooth batter, adding water as needed.
- Add salt to the batter and let it ferment overnight or for 6-8 hours.
- Grease idli molds, pour the batter into each mold, and steam for 10-12 minutes until they are cooked and fluffy.
- Pressure cook the toor dal with water until soft and mushy.Mash it and set aside.
- In a large pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves.
- Add chopped onions and green chilies. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
- Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, and sambar powder. Cook until the tomatoes become soft.
- Add the mixed vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.
- Extract tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind and add it to the pan along with salt. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the mashed toor dal and simmer for a few more minutes until the sambar reaches a thick consistency.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
- Idli is a good source of carbohydrates and protein.
- Sambar is rich in protein and fiber from lentils and vegetables.
- The dish is low in saturated fats and cholesterol.
- It provides essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Nutritional Value (Approx. Per Serving)
- Calories: 250-300 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 50-60g
- Protein: 10-15g
- Fat: 2-3g
- Fiber: 8-10g
Time of Cooking:
- Idli: 15-20 minutes (excluding fermentation time)
- Sambar: 30-40 minutes
- Idli batter preparation: 10 minutes (excluding soaking time)
- Sambar preparation: 20 minutes
- Approximately 250-300 calories per serving.
1. Can I use store-bought idli batter?
Yes, you can, for convenience.
2. What can I substitute for tamarind?
You can use lemon juice as a tamarind substitute.
3. Is sambar powder necessary?
It adds flavor, but you can use a mix of coriander, cumin, and red chili powder as an alternative.
4. Can I customize the vegetables in sambar?
Yes, use your favorite vegetables or what’s available.
5. Can I make idli without a steamer?
You can use a microwave or idli cooker.
Enjoy your nutritious and delicious homemade Idli Sambar!