Vengaya Sambar | Onion Sambar
South Indian Rasam
Vengaya Sambar is staple in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Made with just pearl onion (Chinna vengayam) and freshly made sambar masala.This Onion Sambar is famous among most of the South Indian houses and restaurants. It goes very well as a main course with hot rice, but it’s also a great accompaniment for Idli and dosa as well.
1 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
1 cup Pearl onions (Sambar Onions)
1 Tomato, chopped
1 cup Tamarind water
2 tablespoons Sambar Powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
Salt, to taste
8 Red Chillies
3 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
2 tsp Oil
1 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 sprig Curry Leaves
1 pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
For Sambar Masala (To grind):
Rinse Toor dal for a couple of times in water.pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder, salt, and 2 cups water for about 5 whistles until the dal is done. Once done, mash the toor dal and keep aside.
In the pan, pour the oil and fry the asafoetida. Add the red chilies, channa dal, fenugreek seeds, and coriander seeds and fry it until the dal becomes a golden color and take this aside for grinding.Blend to a slightly coarse powder and sambar powder is ready.
Into a pressure cooker, add a teaspoon of oil and add the pearl onions to it. Roast the pearl onions for about 4 to 5 minutes until you get a roasted aroma. Once the onions are roasted, add the tomatoes and the grinded sambar powder, salt, turmeric powder and the tamarind water.
Cover the pressure cooker and allow the Vengaya Sambar Masala to pressure cook for 2 whistles and turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
Open the cooker, add the mashed toor dal and combine the Onion Sambar well. Check the salt and adjust accordingly.
In the pan pour the oil and add the mustard seeds and when it starts to sputter, add the curry leaves and a pinch of Hing and then turn off the heat.
Pour the tempering over the onion sambar and give the sambar a brisk boil. Once done, stir in the chopped coriander leaves and transfer the Onion Sambar to a serving bowl.
Finally, enjoy onion sambar with hot steamed rice.
- Firstly, use small onions for authentic flavor.
- Also along with onion, you can also add potato to prepare onion potato sambar.