Mango Sambar


1 cup toor dal (washed and soaked for 30 minutes)
4-5 strips tamarind soaked for 5 minutes (paste or pulp may also be used)
1 half ripped mango, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp. sambar masala
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. dhania powder
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. each cumin and mustard seeds
3 whole red chillies
1 stalk curry leaves
4 onions
1/2 cup pumpkin or bottle gourd boiled and cubed
1 large tomato
1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
2-3 flakes garlic
salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil

  1. Add tamarind, 1/2 tomato & 1 onion chopped, to the dal.
  2. Pressure cook till dal is done very soft. (Approx. 4 whistles)
  3. Remove dal and beat with a whisk or churner till smooth.
  4. Grind to a paste, 1 onion, 1/4 tomato, garlic, all dry masalas. I>Chop the remaining onion and tomato to medium or fine pieces.
  5. Heat oil, add seeds , curry leaves and allow to splutter.
  6. Add onion, pumpkin, tomato, mangoes and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Add paste, and cook for further 2 minutes.
  8. Add dal and bring to a boil on high.
  9. Add enough water to get sambar consistency.
  10. Check and adjust masalas as required.
  11. Simmer for 12-15 minutes on low, till the aroma exudes.
  12. Add chopped coriander before serving.
  13. Serve steaming hot with hot idlis, coconut chutney and ghee.

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