Monday, August 18, 2014

Keerai Sambar | கீரை சாம்பார் | Spinach Sambar



Keerai Sambar is a healthy recipe. Keerai is very rich in nutrients and a very good source of iron and potassium. This goes well with rice and tiffin varieties. 

Ingredients :-
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Keerai /spinach      1 bunch 
onion      1
Redchillies 3
 

Toor dal      1/2 cup 
Tamarind    Small    
gooseberry sized  
 Sambar powder      1 tsp 
Turmeric      1/4 tsp 
Fenugreek seeds     1/4 tsp
Asafoetida     1/4 tsp
Mustard     1 tsp  
Jeera     1/2 tsp
Oil     1 1/2 tspSalt      As needed      

Method :-
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1). Pressure cook toor dal with a pinch of turmeric powder for 2 whistles.  Slightly mash the dal and keep it aside. Extract juice from tamarind and discard the pulp. Clean and roughly chop the keerai along with the stem.  
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2). Heat oil in a pan, add mustard and cumin. When it splutters, add fenugreek, asafoetida and fry for a minute. Then add red chillies, onions and saute till it turns translucent.  
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3). Add the tamarind extract with salt, turmeric powder and sambar powder and bring to boil. 

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4). Add the chopped keerai and mix well. Let it cook in a medium flame. Once the keerai gets cooked, add toor dal along with water and bring it to a boil. Once it reaches thick consistency, switch off ! (It takes about 2 -3 minutes).

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Serve hot with steamed rice and Vadagam. Enjoy !

Notes :-
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# Use any varieties of Keerai for this sambar. But if you are using bitter keerai varieties, increase the quantity of tamarind.
# Keerai sambar requires less tamarind and more dal, as the Keerai sambar consistency should be little bit thicker the usual sambar.

# Shallots suits best for sambar. 

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Related Posts :-
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Click here for more :- Rice Accompaniments
Click here for more :- Sambar Recipes
Click here for more :- Keerai/Spinach Recipes

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