July 23, 2006

OKRA-TOMATO SAMBAR

Here is another simple everyday dish yet tasty and healthy, which goes well with Rice.I make this wonderful soup whenever I get surplus amount of tomatoes grown in my Veg.garden each summer and I buy some okra to go with it.

When you get tired eating rich food, this Sambhar is a sure hit to clean your system!! It's delicious too! Hope you will try this recipe...

You Need:
1 Cup Tuar Dal cooked with turmeric.
2 cups Okra sliced into small rounds,
4-5 Tomatoes,
Cilantro

Roast and Grind:
2 tbsp Coriander Seeds,
1 tsp Cumin Seeds,
1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds,
Few Dried Red Chilies,
1/2 tsp Pepper Corns
1 tsp Chana Dal

Season:
1 tsp each Oil and Ghee,
1 tsp Mustard,
1 tsp Cumin Seeds,
Few curry leaves, Red chillies,
Little hing (optional),
1 onoin,
2 cloves of Garlic.

1. Fry Okra pieces with little oil in a non stick pan until okra looses all its gooeyness and reddish in color,keep aside..
2. Season with above,when onion is golden, add tomatoes,powdered spices and cilantro. Pour in cooked dal and okra with salt and sugar to taste,simmer for 5 mins.
3. Delicious okra sambar is now ready to serve with rice , papad and any side dishes like Cabbage Palya below.

NOTE:Its always a good idea to add some sugar whenever you use tomatoes to balance the acidity.

Rice and a Cabbage side dish:










Have fun!:))

29 comments:

Vini said...

Hi Asha,nice sambar using okra and tomato.So simple to make.Will try this surely.cabbage palya looks good too.

Asha said...

Atlast somebody liked my Okra sambhar:) Thank you Vini for taking time to comment here, try it.It's delicious.

Seema Bhat said...

Asha:
your sambar looks so red and colourful and i so much love okra and just the addition of okra just wonders to sambar isn't it ...will try it out soon...i guess it will go well with idili's too isn't it
Thanx
Seema

Asha said...

Idlis and Dosas are wonderful too,any rice products will do nicely with this Sambhar.
You just have to make the gravy little thicker for idlis to scoop up.You can add some potato flakes to thicken it.Enjoy:)

Cynthia said...

It is always a pleasure eating at your blog. I love okras and tomatoes so I am going to try it.

Asha said...

Hi Cynthia,thanks:))
Hope you do try.Photo is that good here but dish is very tasty.Enjoy:))

Ricardo said...

it looks and sounds like a winner dish. thx 4 sharing with all us foodies.

Asha said...

Thanks Ricardo. It's my mom's everyday dish to make. I love it. Try! :))

phanitha said...

Nice recipe...looks mouthwatering..

ARUNA said...

wow it looks so red.....gorgeous dish, colorful dish!!

Asha said...

Thank you Phanitha and Aruna, enjoy. This is my fave to make too whenever I get fresh Okras! :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

hai asha...i tried ur sambar..it was a hit in my home..my hus n his frnds just loved it n d sambar which i made for lunch n dinner finished in lunch time itself :)

Asha said...

Thanks for the feedback Lena, glad you liked it. It's my grandma's recipe, my photo doesn't do justice to the yummy dish. Enjoy! :)

Kalai said...

I love okra sambar.Your sambar makes me hungry.

Avisha said...

Nice way to eat regular food with a twist. Tomato Sambar looks delicious.

Asha said...

Thanks Kalai and Avisha. I love shallow fried Okras, specially in Sambhars.Enjoy! :)

Ammu Madhu said...

Hi Asha,

I did your sambhar yesterday and my family liked it very much.:-)

Thanks,
Ammu.
http://ammus-recipes.blogspot.com

Asha said...

Thanks for your feedback Madhu, I love this saaru tto.

Subhashini said...

Hi
Me first time in you blog I love Tomato samber but this combination i heard first time looks very delicious will try on some holiday
Regards
Subhashini

Asha said...

Hi Subhashini, welcome. I Love this Sambhar, do try and lat me know.

Maaya said...

i love okra and this is great recipes.. always funny to think its called Ladies fingers as well

Asha said...

LOL! Maya, true! It's strange to hear "lady's fingers" for Okra but I think we say that only in India and in very few countries. Honestly, I have never heard of "Okra" until I came to live in USA! :D

Ramya Manja said...

Hi,
Bumped in here for the first time,must admit u have an amazing space here...Nice collection of recipes....
Delicious sambar using okra and tomato.So simple to make.Will try this surely.cabbage palya looks good too
..Bookmarked it ....Thanks for sharing this wonderful yet simple recipe...
Njoy blogging n Happy cooking...

Asha said...

Glad you found my blog and enjoyed it Ramya, hope you try and see you here soon!:)

Umm Mymoonah said...

The sambhar looks lovely, your mom's club blog is also very good.
Happy to follow you

Jhonny walker said...

Hi Asha,

you got all those ingredients that are my fave...this is delightful and simple to make...:)

BTW, Sorry I forgot to introduce myself in all this excitement I felt with the sambhar. I am JW and would come back here for so much more !

Guna's kitchen said...

hii this z first time here.. i love sambar ... ist rally new recipe .. tnx 4 sharing

Maaya said...

this Okra tomato dish looks real good. for many people okra is a challenge but i just love it

Asha said...

You are welcome!:)

Just make sure Okras are well roasted until all the gummy residue disappears, then they are good to go in any dish. Enjoy.