Vegetable Sambar. (Not Deer) A South Indian Dish.

Details:     Prep Time = 10 minutes.      Cooking Time =  4-6-8 hrs low Depending if you pre boil your potatoes.   Serves= 4 as main 8 as a side dish.

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Its national curry week so this is my first of two currys this week. Simple and yummy.

This is traditionally a soup so you can get away with lots of liquid if you wish to eat it in that way.  Its a dish that originates from south India and its not to be confused with a deer also known as Sambar.

I totally loved this dish I must admit I didn’t fancy it I never fancy the vegy dishes tho.  But when served oh my delicious, Both kids ate it well and on their own. Its mild enough to give the kids,  tasty enough to eat without spicing it up and if you want spice you can by chopping up the optional chilis on the top.  Me and Neil chopped up the chillies and added to our plates. Honestly we both would have been very happy had it been served at an Indian restaurant.

To make this a quick dish for morning boil lentils night before and fry the coconut chilli and Coriander seeds ready to pop in in the morning.

Ingredients NB when preparing ingredients those in the same colour can be mixed in the same bowl as they are used in the cooking process at the same time. Those in black are to remain separate.

  • 150g split Yellow Gram. 700ml water.Sambar
  • 1 tsp turmeric.
  • 1 tsp mild chilli powder.
  • 2 large potatoes chopped bite sized equal chunks.
  • 3 small brown Onions Chopped finely.
  • 3 cloves Garlic smashed and chopped roughly.
  • 3 large vine ripe tomatoes. chopped roughly.
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Paste.sambar 1
  • 200g green Beans chopped  in small chunks. (you can use any veg that you have mix it up carrots, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • 50g  desiccated coconut.
  • 1 red medium chilli deseeded and chopped finely. 
  • 2 tsp of lightly crushed Coriander seeds.
  • Whole punctured chillies (optional) for those that like a bit of spice.
  • a handful of fresh coriander.
  • 1 lime in segments to garnish.

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Method Always lightly oil the Hot Pot before use this helps with cleaning and preservation of the Hot Pot.

  1. (Read the packet) on the split yellow gram. I soaked mine for 30 minutes then boiled it for 15 minutes, (you have to be careful as they need boiling off  as the slow cooker is not hot enough to kill a certain bacteria in beans and pulses). However Its a good opportunity to add the chilli powder and turmeric.
  2. Potatoes (some people  have reported issues with potatoes cooking in there slow cooker I have never had this issue but if you do you could Parboil them with the lentils. Add them after the lentils have had there 10 minutes and give them just  5 minutes. (if you’re leaving this dish for 8 hrs on low don’t do this.)
  3. Meanwhile Put the onion, garlic, tomatoes, Green beans and tamarind paste into the slow cooker and turn on low (add potatoes too if not parboiling them.
  4. Add the boiled water, gram (potatoes) to the Slow cooker/ Hot Pot season and stir well. (once its all in the pot check there is enough water, you can always add a little more its sposed to be runnyish. (see photos)
  5. Heat a small heavy frying pan high heat, Add the coconut, fresh chilli and Coriander seeds. Fry until the coconut changes colour about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Now add this to the slow cooker too it might pop and fizz as it goes in dont worry its normal. Stir this well.
  7. Add the chillies for the heat freaks punctured.  Cover on low  for 4-6 hrs if par boiled potatoes or 6-8 if not.
  8. 15 minutes before serving throw in a hand full of fresh coriander. Cover for 15 minutes.
  9. Garnish with lime segments.

I serve this with a naan bread and you must squeeze the lime into the dish, personally  I finely chop up one of the medium chillies that I cooked on top and add a dollop of raita. You could serve with rice but this is traditionally a soup and is great with just naan. Without chopping up the chilli this is mild enough for the kids to eat.   NB: This is posted under Milk/Egg/Soya and Gluten free. For gluten free serve with rice.

To make this a healty bite that could help aid in weight loss programs read here for changes

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