A flavor packed hearty and healthy lentil based curry stew called sambar that is very popular in South India. Filled with a variety of vegetables, sambar is mildly spicy with a slight tang from the tamarind and tomatoes. Absolutely delicious.
Some people say that our destiny was written even before we were born.
I believe that.
I was born to be love chocolate cake. I was born to question the crunchiness of every fried chicken.
Most importantly, I was born to develop taste buds for my colon and breathe like a dragon. I was born to eat spicy food.
Unfortunately, Mr. V my lifelong partner wasn’t.
Story of my life really.
This past week has been rough on Mr. V. He has been swamped with work (which is a good thing) and hasn’t been getting enough sleep. With sleep deprivation at bay, I’m pretty sure his digestive system needed as much help as it can from its master’s wife.
I decided to feed him something healthier, heartier & meatless (gasp yes!) yet still one of his favs.
Guys, meet Sambar.
A lentil based curry stew that originated from South India. Mr. V have had his share of sambar when he was living in Malaysia. He loves it just because it wasn’t spicy.
The main ingredient for this sambar is toor dal (yellow pigeon pea) which is a beige colored lentil with a yellow interior. It has a delicious nutty flavor. It is cooked until soft and then added to the stew. Sambar is so versatile that you can replace the vegetables in this recipe with any of your favorite ones really.
For a non-spicy curry, this is superbly delicious. And this is coming from a spicy food lover. That says a lot.
Of course, I’d still prefer my spicy curry over this any day but for my Mr. V, I will NOT climb the highest mountain or swim across the deepest sea but I WILL enjoy a non-spicy curry with him.
1. If you do not have the time to soak the toor dal, skip it but you’ll have to cook it for longer (about 1 hour) and with more water (about 5 cups).
2. Korean green chili peppers are milder in heat and slightly sweeter than Jalapeno.
3. I did not include chili in my sambar powder (I’m sure you know why). However, if you want it with some heat, add some dried chilies when making the sambar powder or add chili powder according to your taste.
If you’re into meatless curries like this, then you’re definitely going to love this Potato Eggplant Kurma (Korma). Silky smooth, ultra thick & rich kurma. A great depth in flavor with only vegetables but use meat if you like. So delicious & addictive.
Also, if you haven’t already, check out my last post Tom Yum Noodle Soup. The ever popular Thai sour and spicy Tom Yum Noodle Soup. Ready in 20 minutes, it’s delicious & comforting.