Chettinad Style Sambar- with Drumsticks


Chettinad style sambar, yet another South Indian vegetarian delicacy... Chettinad cuisine is popular in Tamil Nadu, they are known for using a variety of fresh and roasted spices along with coconut. Their dishes are aromatic, flavorful and finger licking delicious. I've tried a few Chettinad style dishes and I loved them so much. During my India visit this year, I'd visited Coorg, it's a beautiful hill station in Karnataka. We stayed in a cottage and on one of the days they served Chettinad style sambar and Idli for breakfast. The sambar tasted so delicious that I ended up eating a lot, literally a lot :D The amazing cook who made the breakfast shared the recipe with me and I promised him that I'll post the recipe on my blog and share with the world :) So, here I'm sharing the recipe for making Chettinad style sambar. I used drumsticks as the vegetable to make this sambar. You could use mixed vegetables like eggplant, potatoes, lady's finger, small onions, carrot etc etc. Recipe for

What you will need

Oil- 1 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds- ½ tsp

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

Garlic, chopped- 2 cloves

Small onions- 6

Coconut grated- 1 cup

Oil- 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Whole dry red chilies- 2

Curry leaves- 1 sprig

Toor Dal or Pigeon pea- ½ cup

Drumsticks- 15 (or use mixed veggies like carrot, potatoes, eggplant, lady's finger, small onions)

Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp

Chili powder- 1 tbsp

Coriander powder- 2½ tbsp

Salt- to taste

Water- 1½ cups

Asafoetida- 2 pinches

Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls

Tamarind juice, freshly squeezed- 6 tbsp (3 inch slice soaked in 6 tbsp warm water)


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