Brinjal Sambar | Kathirikai Sambar
South Indian Rasam
Sambar is a delicious recipe characterized by a strong, refreshing & unique aroma and is central to south Indian cuisine. Brinjal sambar is a healthy and delicious South Indian sambar variant made with brinjals, toor dal, onion, tomato, sambar powder, and spices. A meal of Sambar mixed with rice and eaten with some sort of vegetable side dish followed by curd rice is a prime southern Indian staple.
¼ cup Toor Dal
4 medium-sized brinjals
1 medium-sized Onion
1 medium-sized Tomato
1.5 tablespoons seedless tamarind
1 tbsp Sambar Powder
Red Chlli Powder as needed
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Sprig Curry Leaves
A pinch of hing
2 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Soak the tamarind in water for some time. Squeeze and extract the juice from tamarind. Keep it aside. Quarter or chop the brinjals. Soak them in salted water.
Wash the toor dal and add turmeric and ½ cup of water to it. Pressure cook it for 3 – 4 whistles. Mash the cooked dal and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Temper with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, and a pinch of hing. Add chopped onions saute well for few minutes and then add chopped tomatoes and saute it for seconds.
Now drain the water from the soaked brinjals and add the brinjals.Cover with a lid and cook the brinjals until tender.
Add the mashed toor dal, sambar powder, salt, red chilli powder, tamarind extract, water and mix well.
Allow the sambar to boil and thicken.
Add coriander leaves, mix well and remove from flame.
Serve brinjal sambar hot or warm.
- You can Prefer to add ghee for tempering as it lends a nice flavor to sambar.