Indian Recipes

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CHEATER'S SAMBAR

(Lentil and Vegetable Curry)
While the classic Sambar recipe has a teaspoon or two of Sambar Masala - a classic South Indian spice mixture - this is the lazy man's version of this delicious dish from the South West of India. Classic Sambar can be a
thick curried stew filled with vegetables, a meal to itself, or made runny in a soup or dhal version spooned over rice or served as a side dish. If you have Sambar Masala, add a teaspoon or two to this recipe, if not, this is still a winner. A great meal for a cold night.

Ingredients:

1½ cups yellow or red lentils (parupoo or masur dhal)
2½ cups water
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 slices fresh ginger
5 shallots, chopped or ½ medium red onion
1 fresh green chilli, sliced
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp oil, ghee or butter
¼ cup tamarind water
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies broken into 1 inch lengths, seeds removed
1 sprig fresh curry leaves
¼ cup thick coconut milk (optional)

Vegetables:

1 big potato quartered
1 carrot sliced thickly
4 small okra (ladies' fingers)
1 small eggplant, quartered
8 green beans, cut into 1" inch lengths
1 tomato quartered

Method:

1. Soak lentils for 1 hour, rinse and put into a pot with ginger, garlic, shallots, salt, oil, turmeric and water. Bring to a boil and simmer until lentils are soft.
2. Add vegetables and cook until soft, adding a little more water if necessary.
3. Add tamarind water to the pot.
4. Heat oil and gently fry mustard seeds, chillies, curry leaves and shallots for 2 - 3 minutes and then add to lentils and vegetables.
5. Add coconut milk and bring to a boil.
6. Remove from heat and serve.