Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cheera Sambar/Spinach Sambar/Palak Sambar (Serves 6)

Spinach/cheera/palak sambar

What's special in Sambar recipe right? Sambar can be prepared in a variety of ways, depending upon the availability of local vegetables. Today’s sambar is prepared using Spinach and is cooked in coconut milk which makes it creamy and rich in its taste.Try it out friends and I can assure you that it is a welcome change in taste and flavor from the usual traditional sambars….

Spinach/Cheera/Palak 2 cups packed, chopped
Toor dal/Thuvara parippu ¾ cup
Red onions 2 medium, sliced
Whole garlic pods 4 medium pods, crushed
Tomato 2 medium, quartered
Green chilly 2 nos, slit
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Red chilly powder 1 TBSP
Coriander powder 3 tsp
Roasted cumin powder ½ tsp
Fenugreek powder a pinch
Asafetida a pinch
Salt as needed
Thick coconut milk ½ cup
Water 2 cups

Cheera sambar

For tempering

Oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Dry red chilly 3-4 nos
Curry leaves 2 sprigs

Preparation

In a pressure cooker, add washed toor dal/thuvara parippu, onions, garlic, green chilly, turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups water and cook until 2-3 whistles. Allow the pressure to release by itself and then open the pressure cooker,mash the toor dal well. Switch the heat back on to medium and add the tomatoes and Spinach/cheera/palak. Allow this to come to a boil. Now add red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, fenugreek powder and asafetida. Mix well and cook until the tomatoes are soft and spinach is cooked through. Lastly add thick coconut milk and when this starts to boil, switch off flame, adjust salt.

In another pan, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, followed by red chilly and curry leaves. Pour the tempering over the Sambar and enjoy hot with rice….

Spinach/cheera/palak sambar

Recipe courtesy: Adapted from Lakshmi Nair’s “Pachakakala”.

Cheers!!!
Suji

46 comments :

  1. Beautiful clicks dear....Yummmm

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  2. Great recipe!Pics um kidilam.Sammadichu thannirikunnu!

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  3. grated coconut in sambar??? thts pretty interesting

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  4. Hey,

    yummy and very healthy!!:)Gr8888 pics!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  5. adding coconut milk is new to me....looks lovely and delicious!!

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  6. Adipoli ayittundallo...beautiful clicks too

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  8. omg,looks creamy !! adding coconut milk in sambar thatz a new one..will try one this for sure this week.. There u go, again an awesome click...
    http://jellybelly-shanavi.blogspot.com

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  9. I only knew about the traditional Sambar till now ....... But gurl you surprised me with such a new one !! It looks so rich n creamy !
    Awesome Clicks n I luv that cute bowl :-)

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  10. Superb clicks! I 've made methi keerai sambhar. Will definitely give your version a try!

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  11. Wow!!! Amazing

    Serves 6-il please include us too:-)

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  12. sambar looks so comforting. very nice click and a drool worthy sambar :)

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  13. wow thats a beautiful click...spinach in sambhar is a nice idea,looks yum

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  14. Adipoli cheera sambar. I like Lakshmi nair's recipes a lot.

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  15. Very rich and exotic Suji....i never tot of a sambhar though i make dal with spinach and the coconut milk is new to me...worth a try....its looking very very very tempting....

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  16. Thank y'll..

    @Rocky (Manu)...Aduthu thanne thangalkee ethu kooti nalla choodu chorunnan avasaram undakunathayrikum kettoo..Get ready!!

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  17. This looks so yummy and healthy..adipoli sambar dear..very unique recipe.

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  18. Delicious sambar Suji,adding coconut milk is new to me....

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  19. I have tried making only spinach dal. Like your idea of making it a sambar.

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  20. coconut milk in spinach samber is wonderful idea, will do when mum comes to impress her he he :)

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  21. wow...drooling here...pics are so great..love to try it out soon..!

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  22. Wat a healthy and comforting sambar..

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  23. Ethu adipoli..cheera in sambar will be great idea...

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  24. Spinach n coconut milk in sambhar..am totally loving this one!

    US Masala

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  25. superb sambhar dear and yet nice click

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  26. Cheera sambar kollamallo..Ethu vare kettittilla..Choodu chorrinte koode ethu kazhikunna karyam orthittu kothi sahikkan vayya. Bookmark cheythittundu..Ennelum urappayum try cheyyame..Fantastic clicks!

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  27. Awesome tasty click and such a inviting recipe will book mark and try it.Looks delicious.

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  28. Am in for this new sambar..never ever would have thought of adding spinach for making sambar..love the color too.

    Aaha Oho

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  29. valare nannayittundu... aashamsakal..........

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  30. love this sambhar. it looks amazing.

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  31. Thank you all for stopping by and for all the support and encouragement!

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  32. wowww.. this looks awesome.. what a healthy dish!! and stunning pictures.. the way you kept coriander leaves in a glass, as a part of garnishing, thats a fantastic job.. aa white serving plate njan pande kannu vechathaa.. :)

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  33. tasty sambhar and wonderful pics as always!

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  34. ithu kollam ktto.try cheyyume.......

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  35. ente amma undakarundu..kandittu kothi varunnu..pakshe njan ithuvare try undakkiyittilla..will try soon!!

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  36. something new to me..it looks delicious...

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  37. Tried it, it tastes as it looks thanks a lot

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    1. Thanks to you lachu..so happy to see the feedback :D
      Rgds,Suji

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