Sambar is a staple lentil curry that you can find in any South Indian homes specially in all vegan homes, it is such a flavorful dish that can be accompanied with idli, dosa and rice. No one from the south would have missed making or tasting this Indian lentil stew. I love making sambar very often too with different veggies, you can check some here and some are yet to be posted. I've tried and still try various types of sambar with different vegetables or precisely with vegetables available, similarly I recently had some broccoli left in my refrigerator so tried my hands at making sambar with it. I was a bit hesitant at first but boldly I took a try, but guess what, the broccoli compensated the sambar really well and tasted too (am not even joking here) good. The sambar is almost similar to my vendaikai/okra sambar, but still tasted unique, I loved the dish and so did everyone at home, this will definitely be included in my upcoming lunch menu. I served it with cooked plain rice and some spicy minced meat masala, the whole platter was divine!!!
My mom always makes sambar without sambar powder and its a big hit here at my space and at home, she loads it with lots of vegetables and makes it so healthy. Interested? then check it out here.
INGREDIENTSServes 2 to 3 people
Total Preparation Time - 30 minutes
- Broccoli florets - 1 cup (or from half of a medium sized broccoli)
- Carrots - 1 (chopped into medium sized pieces)
- Shallots - 10 / Big onions - 1 (peeled and chopped)
- Tomato - 1 (chopped into cubes)
- Toor dal / Thuvaram paruppu - 1 cup (150 grams)
- Coriander leaves - A handful
- Curry leaves - Few
- Sambar powder - 1 spoon
- Red chilli powder - 1 spoon
- Turmeric powder - 2 pinches + a pinch
- Asafoetida / Hing - 2 pinches
- Jaggery / Vellam - A small piece
- Tamarind pulp / paste - 1 spoon (optional)
- Salt - As per taste
- Oil - 2 spoons
- Wash florets well in running water. Place the florets in a pan and pour water until it gets immersed well then add salt into it and place on flame. Boil on high flame for a minute or until the color changes. Then drain the water and set the florets aside.
- Add toor dal into a pressure cooker, add salt, a pinch of turmeric powder, cumin seeds, asafoetida and pour water until it gets immersed well or 2 cups. Stir well, then place the cooker on flame. Close with a lid and pressure cook for 7 minutes on low flame. The remove from flame and set aside until the pressure drops.
- Place a pan on flame and add oil, after it heats up add mustard seeds, curry leaves and let it splutter.
- Then add chopped onion and saute well on low flame.
- Now add chopped tomato, chopped carrot, broccoli florets, coriander leaves, salt and saute for a minute on low flame.
- Then add sambar powder, red chilli powder, 2 pinches turmeric powder and saute until the raw smell of the dry powders leave. Sprinkle water if necessary. (vegetables need not get cooked here)
- Now remove from flame and add this vegetable mixture into the pressure cooker with cooked dal, stir well, then add a small piece of jaggery or sugar, and tamarind pulp. (I did not add tamarind here but it still tastes good). Pour water to adjust the curry consistency approximately 300 ml. Stir well check for salt and add if necessary.
- Close the cooker with its lid and pressure cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
- Remove from flame and set aside until the pressure drops. Then serve!!
TIP 1: You can use broccoli alone without carrots and make this sambar. Or add some more veggies according to your wish.
TIP 2: Adding some jaggery or sugar to sambar always enhances the taste.
TIP 3: You can finally temper the curry with mustard seed, curry leaves and onions at the end.
Delicious and healthy sambar is now ready!! Serve with dosa or idli or rice!!
I rarely add some broccoli florets in my sambhar, broccoli always wonder prefect with dals..Inviting.ReplyDelete
healthy & flavorful sambar, liked the addition of broccoli in sambar, nice way to use broccoli :)ReplyDelete
your sambar looks yummy n inviting, i too somtimes add jaggery to my sambar n rasam, give unique taste rt? nice presentation as always!
ADDING BROCCOOLI IN SAMBAR IS A HEALTHY IDEA REALLY.ReplyDelete
Sambar with rice and appalams .. any day for me.ReplyDelete
Very nice Divya, have never tried broccoli sambar. Looks delicious...ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing
Never tried broccoli sambar,looks yummyReplyDelete
Beautiful Sis! Very innoavtive. I have tried brocolli in many ways, but not in sambar. Look delicious. Loved the clicks!ReplyDelete
Hhmmmm tasty :) love broccoli in stir fries...ReplyDelete
nice and healthy sambar,never tried sambar with broccoli..ReplyDelete
Never thought about making sambhar with broccoli.. Looks delicious and very healthy..ReplyDelete
I have added cauliflower to sambar , but broccoli is new to me . Let me add it next time when i make sambar . Very comfortingReplyDelete
Superb clicks sis really a new version :-) i love all the vertical shots really stunningReplyDelete
Healthy sambar.I used to add brocolli in sambar,it gives a nice taste.i like your bowl in the photo!!.ReplyDelete
Healthy n yum ..looks fabReplyDelete
its very tempting sambhar... love it much Divy... as usual great click n love the pot...ReplyDelete
Never tried sambar with broccoli. Make me feel to try it out.ReplyDelete
So delicious and innovative!! :)ReplyDelete
Interesting combination,,looks levelyReplyDelete
Very very interesting, adding broccoli to sambar makes it more enjoyable!ReplyDelete
tempting and inviting dearReplyDelete
Yummy and healthyReplyDelete
Interesting , never tried broccoli in sambarReplyDelete
very interesting never thought of broccoli sambarReplyDelete
i love broccoli...i always add to sambar..:) love itReplyDelete
Looks absolutely innovative and yummy Divya..ReplyDelete
Sambar with broccoli huh...wondering how it will taste..first time here you have an great collection of recipe happy to follow you and should tell you your pics are great...when ur free plz drop into my space and will be encouraging if you follow backReplyDelete
What a great innovative idea,sir ji...looks yummy,Divs:)ReplyDelete
Healthy and interesting combo..never tried adding broccoli in sambhar!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for stopping by my space and for ur kind words.Broccoli sambar!!I have to try it.I am happily following u.
Nice. We add cauliflower in a lentil and coconut masala called Ambat along with potato and peas, but have never tried it with Sambar. Good idea.ReplyDelete
Broccoli Sambar is brand new to me.ReplyDelete
Healthy and yummy at the same time. Looks lovely.
That's a great way to use broccoli...Looks very yumReplyDelete
yummy and very healthy sambar. Broccoli with any dal, a great combo.ReplyDelete
Awesome combo Divya... Looks yummy... Thanks for sharing :-)ReplyDelete
Superb clicks.n yummy sambar.. Thanks for visiting my blog . Following you as wellReplyDelete
these look absolutely amazing... :)ReplyDelete
All time my second son's favourite.ReplyDelete
super N healthy sambar