For today's lunch, we had Sambar with Brinjal, we call it Vankaya Sambar in Telugu. And choice of vegetable was Cabbage. Cabbage, in most variations is difficult to eat. What with its smell and texture. But camouflaged with Moong Dal, you will never find the difference. This is almost like the Usili that's famous in Tamil Nadu, except we make it differently. Brinjal Sambar's excellence is based on how good your brinjals are. So choosing the right Brinjal is very important. My Dad loves Brinjal in any form and a good sambar made with the right variety is his favorite. So Amma makes it with special care just for him. I normally prefer Veggies that are easy to cook while preparing for lunch during weekdays, as there is very little time to dilly dally with veggies that have to be cooked separately. But on this occasion I had no other vegetable for Sambar, so had to end up preparing this.
Today's Lunch Box had
Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Brinjal - 100 gms
Sambar Onions - 100 gms
Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Tamarind pulp - small lime size
Coriander Leaves - few chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to Taste
Turmeric a pinch
Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal + Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Garlic - 4 pods
Method to Prepare:
Clean Toor Dal and pressure cook it with 2 drops of Oil and turmeric. This makes it cook fast. Keep it for 2 whistle.
Soak tamarind and extract pulp from it.
Chop onions, tomatoes, brinjals. Brinjals for sambar should be cut into just 4 pieces based on the size.
Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients. Then add chopped onions, Once they are golden in colour, add the chopped brinjals. Sauté till they are cooked, add tomatoes, Sambar powder. Cook till the tomatoes are soft.
Then add the cooked toor dal, tamarind pulp. The dal should be well cooked. We usually mash with pappu guthi, which a long wooden stick like ladle.
Cabbage - 500 gms
Yellow Moong Dal - 100 gms
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Green Chillies - 3
Salt to taste
Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal + Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Method to prepare:
Clean and chop cabbage into fine pieces. Run coconut and green chillies in mixie to get a coarse paste.
In a pan, add water and boil Moong dal and chopped cabbage till its cooked. Keep it aside.
Heat oil, add seasonings, then coconut paste. Fry well. Then add the cooked cabbage and moong dal. Sauté for a while.
I prepare Sambar atleast twice a week for lunch as its easy to get done fast. And this variation in cabbage is nice to eat.