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    Sambar. Photo by Sue Lau

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    1 hr 30 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins

    Sue Lau's Note:

    A kind of vegetable soup served in South India, usually accompanying idli or masala dosa. This version has some *slightly* Americanized ingredient options, if you can't find the vegetables native to India.

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    • 1 cup yellow indian cucumbers (dosakai) or 1 cup English cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
    • 1 cup vegetable drumsticks or 1 cup fresh asparagus, cut into finger lengths
    • 1 small potato, peeled and finely chopped
    • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
    • 1 tablespoon sambar masala seasoning (or more, to taste)


    1. 1
      Place toor dal, turmeric, salt, asoefetida and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until dal is cooked, adding water if it evaporates, for about 30-45 minutes.
    2. 2
      Place tempering ingredients in a small saute pan and heat until curry leaves begin to sputter, then add to dal soup.
    3. 3
      Mix tamarind paste with hot water and the strain through a sieve, pressing with the back of a spoon to get all the pulp.
    4. 4
      Place ingredients for sambar in the pan with the soup and top up with water to cover. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, adjusting water amount to your liking. If drumsticks are woody, discard them before serving.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sambar

    Serving Size: 1 (126 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 134.2
    Calories from Fat 45
    Total Fat 5.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 104.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 17.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    Sugars 2.8 g
    Protein 5.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    asafetida powder

    curry leaves

    asafetida powder

    vegetable drumsticks


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