Sambhar is a lentil based stew or chowder, staple to the South Indian Cuisine. This slow simmer gravy is an everyday household one. the variations to it are immense. To say, you could literally collect one difference in the recipe or style of making from each household. Its is a melting pot of flavours ranging from sour, spicy with a bit of sweetness.
It was an interesting read on Wikipedia, that made me rethink about the sambhar that I literally prepare every alternate day. An “amti” turned sambhar and it too have a place in ancient tamil literature. History is definitely fascinating. It is more intriguing to note that the word meaning ground spices is the one extending as “Sambal”or “Sambal “too. I need to read more on this as this is getting to more of the curious cat in me to jump out . Will update you soon on my progress in this aspect.
Now back to this unique sambhar
You are sure to come across a gazillion recipes for sambhar. Various vegetables, a variety of lentils, slow cooked, pressure cooked,….. the list goes on endlessly. This, I would attribute to the versatility of this recipe.
Now, here is one inspired by my parents who love coconut. Living in Kerala, coconut becomes an integral part of their cuisine. Coconut based gravies, chutneys, sweets all aided by the few “Kalpavriksham ” coconut trees in the backyard fulfils their menu with a variety of dishes. And when the coconut is not being eaten the leaves, the yard maintenance all give them enough exercise to add in the extra bit of richness to the dish.
When it comes to sambhar bothmy parents have their differing preferences- one likes it just with the sambhar podi and the other with a coconut based spice blend. Now you can see that I had the best… I could have both. Now I have multiple versions that I cook ,we call them – my mother’s sambhar, my dad’s sambhar, my mil’s sambhar… that aunties sambhar… and so on and so forth. Then why not my version!!
So here we go with a unique twist , totally relished by all the above said people and certified excellent by the experienced taste buds. The addition of coconut milk makes this recipe rich and creamy. Oh!! So yumm.
I have used this recipe for the sambhar powder
Don’t miss it. Don’t wait another second to try…