Okra Sambar

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Ladies Finger Sambar


Sambar is usually the first course dish in South Indian that is eaten with rice. Vendakkai Sambar also known as Okra sambar or ladies finger sambar is very flavorful and works great with rice or as a side dish to idli and dosai.

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Total Time

50 minutes

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– large ones Okra/vendakkai/ladies finger chopped into 1 inch piece – Toovaram paruppu/toor dal uncooked – Lemon size piece Tamarind – Sambhar powder – Asafetida – Curry leaves – Green chilies chopped - Tap to see more ...

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– Cook the tuvaram paruppu in pressure cooker until soft and mushy. Mash it well and keep it aside. – Chop the okras into 1 inch piece and keep it ready. Soak the tamarind in about a cup of water for few minutes and then squeeze out the pulp. 

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Steps 1-2

– In a medium sauce pan, heat about a teaspoon of oil and then sauté the okra until slightly golden.  – Now add the squeezed tamarind water to the vegetable and then add the sambhar powder, asafetida and salt. Let the tamarind water boil.

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Steps 3-4

– Now add the cooked dal/paruppu and mix well. Add about a cup more of water to adjust the consistency of the sambhar. – Let the sambhar come to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.

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Steps 5-6

– Fry all the ingredients mentioned under the seasoning and add it to the sambhar. – Serve with hot rice and ghee

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Steps 7-8


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