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January 11, 2009

Express Tomato Sambar for idly/dosa & Rava Onion Oothappam



This is not a regular sambar. As the name suggests, it can be made in a jiffy using very few ingredients. It goes great with idly/dosa and I am sure you will like it. I learned it from my neighbor.

Ingredients:
To pressure cook with water until done(5-6 whistles):
Thur dhal-1/2 cup
Chopped Tomatoes-5(medium) or 6(small)
Garlic-4 pods

To tamper in 1 tbsp oil:
Jeera-1 tsp
Red Chillis-5

Other ingredients:
Salt
Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:
Pressure cook the ingredients mentioned above.
Tamper jeera and red chillis in oil. Add it to the cooked dhal+tomato mixture. Add salt.
Mix well. Using a hand blender, blend the mixture to a smooth and creamy paste. The consistency should be like that of a soup. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with dosas/idly.

Note:If you don't have a hand blender, you may dry grind red chillis, then do the tampering in oil and add it to tomato dhal mixture. Smash the mixture well with back side of a ladle.

Some friends emailed me and asked if they have to add sambar powder. No. Do not add sambar powder. It will alter the taste.

Since we are not adding tamarind, we use lots of tomatoes in this recipe.

This goes to Susan and Srivalli's My Legume love affair-seventh helping event. Isn't the logo cute? I love the colors.

Let's move on to the next dish. Bindiya visited my blog recently and posted her comment. As usual, I was curious to check out her kitchen. Her rava masala oothapam caught my eye. I made it today without making any changes to her recipe. It was a hit. Oothappams were crispy on the edges and soft on the inside. Yummy!

53 comments:

  1. the sambar looks nice and thick, just the way i like it. Adding garlic is new to me. though sometimes i add extra dal to left-over poondu rasam and make it into a sambar for dosa. I have noticed the garlic doesn't really interfere then :)

    I think this is how I make my sambar all the time, except for the rare occasions I make arachuvitta sambar. hehe :D

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  2. The sambar looks thick and creamy.Most of my jiffy sambar has toor daal,shallots (which gives the sambar a special flavour,and tomatoes..Our maid at chennai use garlic in sambar and thats how we are used to the same..
    this is for sure a perfect entry for the event..

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  3. hey both dishes looks awfully delicious..

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  4. I am in Fremont ( Near Sanfrancisco) in Ca..LA is about 6 hours car drive from my place..

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  5. ummm looks so mouthwatering nice click

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  6. It looks thick and creamy.I love tomatos only sambhar.This is almost instant.Lovely pic.The oothappam also came out perfectly. :) :P

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  7. Mahima,I think you can send the oothapam to MBP:Breakfast at EasyCraft's.This fits the bill.Do send if interested.

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  8. the sambar looks nice and the oothappam is awesome and looks delicious... will try it out sometime :)

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  9. sambhar is my comfort food...love the pic.

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  10. wow..great idea..this is really easy and fast..will be really good with dosas

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  11. Both dishes looks so mouthwatering.. Lovely pic.

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  12. inviting sambar..yummy........do check my handicrafts blog and pass ur suggestions.awesome dosa

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  13. Instant things always tops my charts. Looks yummy and sounds gr8. Will try this soon.. Bookmarked. Thanks a ton for sharing..

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  14. Mahima ..
    Sambar looks perfect dear ...

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  15. a neat recipe to have on hand. Perfect for a quickie breakfast.

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  16. What a beautiful combo. Photo of dal and dosa look fabulous. Love to have these for breakfast but they will end up as lunch or dinner here at home! :))

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  17. As usual, click is awesome. Instant receipies will be very useful during busy hours..Tx for sharing..

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  18. KANNA,
    Your express TSambar and Rava Onion Oothappam look fabulous. Click including.
    Appa

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  19. That's a super simple & fast sambhar! Must've been great with those golden oothapams.

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  20. tomato sambar looks so nice orange color an thick an creamy.. Shall try soon, as i love sambar !!

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  21. Sambar looks so yummy delicious and it is super fast.
    Love that rave dosa too.

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  22. Sambar looks very creamy, thought it might be soup..but sambar manakuthu, kalakuthu..delicious then rava oothappam pasikura madhri kanna parikuthu..yeduthu saapida solluthu..veetuku varalama? Mahi:d..

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  23. That sambar has a bearutiful color! I use garlic in my sambar, this is a super easy recipe.

    Those utthapams are gorgeous! I like uttapams even better than dosa.

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  24. wow, thatz a new way of making sambar. & the oothappam looks sooo crisp & lovely mahima

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  25. wow, this sambar is quick for sure. looks so colorful and mouth-watering Mahimaa! Love the look of that rava utappam! Yum!

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  26. Great pictures,love the thick consistency of the spicy tangy sambhar:)

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  27. Sambar and rava oothappam rendume romba tempting-a irukku. never tried rava oothappam before..now added to my to do list :)

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  28. Nice and easy recipe, good click :)

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  29. Hey Mahi sambar soopera iruku.The fact tht its so fast and easy,makes me to try it.Rava oothappam romba nanna irku-but it sounds similar to our rava dosai right?

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  30. The sambar looks delicious, Mahimaa: I've never tried blending sambar before, but the texture looks great.

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  31. Ur sambar has a thick consistency! Very pretty color like chutney. Love your onion rava uttapam!

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  32. Both of these look fantastic and very appealing :-)

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  33. That is so easy Mahimaa... nichiyama try pannuvaen soon.

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  34. I had seen you around on blogs here and there, never made it here till now. And am glad I came by! Your pictures are super!
    And sambhar with garlic...that sounds nice, different but really nice!

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  35. very yummy sambhar, i also make instant sambhar but in another way.

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  36. it looks creamy and sounds simple yet yummy.

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  37. Looks great...sometime we do dal like this...and your rava onion oothappm is just worth drooling

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  38. Woww..the oothapam and sambar looks delicious...so no need to add any sambar powder to the tomato sambar?

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  39. Really very useful and express recipe.... Rava onion oothappam and sambar perfect match.. ennaku unda..?!

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  40. Awww thats neat and quick.I like the name also:-)

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  41. Sambhar without sambhar powder, that is very interesting. I am bookmarking this to try it soon.

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  42. Wow, looks so colourful,have heard abt adding gaarlic to sambhar , but never tried...looks so good Mahima!

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  43. Wow ! Nice pics Mahima ! Your photos makes me drool. Express sambhar is something new to me ....can be made anytime for idly,dosas and uthapams in a jiff. nice idea...thanks for sharing...
    Happy Pongal to you :-)

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  44. Both recipes look delicious. I love the easy method of sambhar.

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  45. both of ur dish looks excellent...mking of sambhar looks quite interesting..

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  46. Easy 2 make sambar..looks yumm...rava masala oothappam looks great.

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  47. sambhar looks so thick n nice!yummmy...

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  48. mahi naan day before yesterday read ur post n nt sure comment potenanu..its so tempting da..simply superb..naan kandippa seiya poren...

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  49. hey mahimaa, thanks for visiting my blog...hope to see you regularly! Am making malai koftas as per your recipe today...will tell you how it turns out :)

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  50. Thanks for the lovely entry...the picture looks very yum!

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  51. Hi, This is a very late comment but I made this recently and my dal did not cook until soft like it usually does. I kept in in the cooker once more for 4 whistles with no luck. It was cooked but not soft. Why do you think that is?
    Thanks,

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  52. Hi,

    Just tried your recipe yesterday and it was too good. Quite nice and yummy.

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