Toor Dal – 1/2 cup
Tomato – 1
Onion – 1 medium size
Drumstick – 4 pieces or any vegetable of your choice
Sambar powder – 2 tbs
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Tamarind extract from 1 lime size ball
1) Pressure cook toor dal with 1.5 cups of water and turmeric powder. (2 whistles will do). Keep this aside.You may extract cooked dal water for rasam.
2) In a pan or pressure cooker , add chopped onion (do not finely chop the onion) ,chopped tomato, drumstick , tamarind juice and sambar powder. Cook till the drumsticks are well done. Pressure cooking will speed up the process (single whistle will do).
3) Now add dal to the cooking ingredients.
4) For tempering, add mixture of clarified butter (ghee) and oil to a heated pan. Add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.Next add curry leaves and red chilies. Add this to sambar. Health conscious people can avoid ghee.
Yummy sambar is ready!!