Saturday being all veg day, wanted something spicy and comforting. So asked amma to make sambar rice (bisi bhela bhath). Few of my dad’s relatives in Bangalore use whole garam masala whereas my mom doesn’t use it.
|1 cup||Tur dhal(boiled with a pinch of turmeric and asafoetida and mashed well)|
|1 cup||Sambar onions|
|4 nos||Tomatoes (chopped)|
|Chopped vegetables – 2 carrots, 1 chow chow, handful of beans, 4 brinjals.|
|2 nos||Drumstick (boiled and the pulp extracted)|
|7 nos||Green chillies slit lengthwise|
|1 tsp||Mustard seeds|
|3 nos||Red chillies|
|1 tsp||Cumin seeds|
|3 stks||Curry leaves|
|2 tsp||Channa dhal(kadalai paruppu)|
|10 nos||Red chillies|
|3 tbsp||Dry coconut /coprai thengai|
|Fry the above in little oil and grind to a coarse powder|
Take a heavy bottom vessel or a pressure cooker and heat oil. add the items to temper.Now add the sambar onions, green chillies and tomato and fry till tomato is soft. Add the cut vegetables and fry for a while till the raw smell goes followed by the drumstick pulp.Finally add in the soaked rice, boiled and mashed tuvar dhal and the masala powder and mix well and check for salt. Add in enough water (1 : 4 rations is also ok as we need it real mushy) and close the cooker lid and wait for 3 whistles.
Garnish with cashews fried in ghee and chopped coriander. Serve hot with appalam, chips or tomato thokku.