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Samba(r)… Not just a dance!

While being in South India, they kept on asking us about samba. At first, we innocently thought it was about the so-known dance but by the time we reached the state of Tamil Nadu, we realized this was a south Indian dish! In this state, where this plate is the most popular, it’s cooked and eaten in all the houses.

Its name is actually sambar, sometimes spelt sambhar, and it’s basically a vegetables soup to combine, as usual, with rice. If you would like to try it at home, here you will find the recipe that I learnt and wrote down for you.

 

    Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1 carrot
  • 5 lady fingers
  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 baccelli beans
  • 3 cups of water
  • Half spoon tamarind juice
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

 

    Spices:

  • Red gram
  • Turmeric powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Chili powder
  • Mustard seeds
  • Black gram
  • Curry leaves

 

    How to cook it:

      First part:

    – To begin, put 2 spoons of olive oil in a frying pan and leave it warming up.
    – When the oil is hot, add half cup of red gram, the cloves of garlic and half spoon of turmeric.
    – Leave everything browning and after add 3 cups of water, 2 or 3 spoons of coriander powder and one of chili powder.
    – Clean the beans and chop the carrot, the lady fingers and the eggplants and add everything to the frying pan.
    – Wait until the vegetables are cooked and add to the soup half spoon of tamarind juice and salt to consumer’s taste.

      Second part:

    – Take another frying pan and put it to warm up on the fire with other 2 spoons of olive oil.
    – Once the oil is hot, add the following species: half spoon of mustard seeds, half spoon of black gram and 5 or 6 curry leaves.
    – While they are getting toasted, chop the vegetables left (the onion and the tomato) and add them to the pan.
    – Add some salt and leave it cooking a little.

 
Once you have finished both of the procedures, just add the second one to the first and mix it all, and you will have done the traditional south Indian dish, Sambar.
 
Now just enjoy it with some rice and feel even more the Tamilian spirit serving it on a banana leaf and eat it with your own hands!

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