AMARANTH STEM SAMBAR | KEERAI THANDU SAMBAR

 RED AMARANTH STEM SAMBAR| KEERAI THANDU SAMBAR

amaranth stem sambar




RED AMARANTH STEM SAMBAR  -  Hello Friends, Today I am sharing a healthy and wonderful recipe with Amaranth. As we all know,keerai (Tamil) or greens are a good source of nutrients, loaded with lots of health benefits I would definitely suggest taking greens regularly or at least twice a week. 

amaranth green


In my previous post, I have shared a recipe with the leaves of amaranth  -

RED AMARANTH DAL

RED AMARANTH DAL



There are a lot of recipes that can be done with the leaves, but do you know even its stem can be cooked as well. Yes, friends today I am sharing a  Sambar with it. SAMBAR is a staple food in SouthIndia, which can be prepared with different vegetables, and also there are quite different versions belonging to different states as well.

Now if you are looking for a variation in Sambar with lots of vegetables then check out
 

Kadamba Sambar

 
vegetable sambar  

Now here comes an evergreen hit combination,  sambar with  drumstick and brinjal. 

Drumstick Brinjal Sambar | Murungakkai kathirikai sambar


murungakkai kathirikkai sambar


Sambar with the stem of Amaranth is definitely healthy and not to mention is delicious too. Her comes my way of preparing it. so lets get started. 




First step: In a pressure cooker, add the lentils, (1 cup of toor dal + 2 tbsp. of moong dal) wash them well, and then add sufficient water along with turmeric powder, cumin seeds, crush and 2 garlic cloves, and a tsp. of sesame oil.  Allow it to cook for 4 -5  whistles. Remove from heat. When the pressure is released, mash the dal well and keep it aside.

Second step: Prepare the vegetables needed for the sambar. Slice the onion,roughly chop the stem and tomatoes.

Third step:  In a heavy-bottomed pan add oil, when it turns hot add mustard seeds after it stops spluttering add urad dal along with curry leaves, and asafoetida. Saute for a minute.

Fourth Step: Now add the onions along with little salt, when it turns translucent add the chopped tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes.

Fifth Step:  Tip in sambar powder along with turmeric powder, give it a quick stir. Add sufficient water. When it comes to boil add the stem  along with salt.  

Sixth Step: When the amaranth stem  turns soft, add the tamarind water. Allow it to boil for couple of minutes.

Seventh  Step:Finally add dal, allow the sambar to boil for about 5-10 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, remove from heat and serve it hot.


amaranth stem sambar.

A healthy and nutrition Sambar with amaranth stem and lentils.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup of toor dal + 2 tbsp. of moong dal, cooked and mashed
  • tamarind extract - (extracted from gooseberry sized tamarind)
  • 1 onion - sliced
  • 2 tomatoes - roughly chopped
  • Amaranth stem - roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. of sambar powder
  • Oil
  • Salt as required

For Seasoning

  • 1 tsp. of mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. of urad dal
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafoetida

Instructions

  1. In a pressure cooker, add the lentils, wash them well and then add sufficient water along with turmeric powder - a pinch, cumin seeds, 2 - crushed garlic cloves, and a tsp. of sesame oil.  Allow it to cook for 4 -5  whistles. Remove from heat. When the pressure is released, mash the dal well and keep it aside. 

  2. Prepare the vegetables needed for the sambar.Slice the onion , roughly chop the amaranth stem and tomatoes. 

  3. In a heavy-bottomed pan add oil, when it turns hot add mustard seeds after it stops spluttering add urad dal along with curry leaves and asafoetida. Saute for a minute

  4. Now add the onions , when it turns translucent add the chopped tomatoes along with little salt and saute for a couple of minutes.

  5. Tip in sambar powder along with turmeric powder, give it a quick stir. Add sufficient water. When it comes to boil add the chopped amaranth stem along with salt.  

  6. When the stem turns soft, pour the tamarind extract  and allow the sambar to boil for about 5-10 minutes.

  7. Finally add the dal. Allow the sambar to boil for couple more minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, remove from heat and serve it hot.




keerai thandu sambar



Aruna Manikandan

I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)

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