Sambar Sadam Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids
Sambar Rice- A one pot meal made with rice, lentils, tamarind and vegetables. Nutritious lunch for kids.
- Rice - 1 cup
- Toor dal - 1/2 cup
- Small onions- 10 or Big Onion - 1 medium sized
- Tomato - 1 medium sized
- Green chilli - 1
- Vegetables* - 1 cup chopped
- Sambar powder - 2 tsp
- Turmeric powder - a pinch
- Tamarind - small lemon size
- Hing - a generous pinch
- Corainder leaves - a handful
- Water - 4.5 cups
- Salt - as required
- Ghee - 2 tbsp
- Oil - 1 tsp
- Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
- Curry leaves - few
* I used 1 carrot, 5 beans, handful of peas and 1 potato
Slice onions, chop tomatoes finely. Wash and Chop all vegetables into bite size pieces. Slit green chillies. Roughly chop corainder leaves. Set aside.
Soak Tamarind in 2 cups of warm water. Wash rice and toor dal together and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.
Heat a pressure cooker with ghee & oil. Add mustard seeds. Let it crackle. Then add urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Saute them until golden brown. Then add curry leaves. Fry for a minute.
Then add onions. Saute them nicely until golden brown. Once onions becomes transparent , add tomatoes. Fry tomatoes until the raw smell of tomatoes leaves and become mushy.
Add chopped veggies, sambar powder and required salt. Give a quick stir. Now mash the tamarind well and discard the thick pulp.
Transfer the tamarind water to the pressure cooker. Then add soaked rice & dal mix well. Add corainder leaves. Give a quick stir.
Add remaining water (2.5 cups of water) and bring it to a boil. Then close the lid of pressure cooker and cook everything in a medium flame for three to four whistles. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and fluff the rice with a spoon slowly, top with ghee if required.