Potato Broad Bean Sambar | Indian Lunch Box Recipes

>>  Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As I was saying yesterday, I have the lunch menu planned with two days of Sambar in a week with some vegetables. Well some can say if you know one sambar, you know them all. I beg to differ in that. Of course what goes in is the same, no doubt about it. But you should also know what else can go into it right.

Like there was one person who confessed that she didn't know how to make Lady's finger Sambar or Bendakaya Sambar. Well I was actually surprised when she said that, as I always assumed you can just change the vegetable. But later realized that maybe she didn't know how to cook Bindi in a sambar. So it was very funny when I realized one day that you actually use Potatoes in a sambar. See I got my own lesson back. I mocked myself saying, see never belittle others ignorance, you got a chance to teach something, now learn something new..:)

Today's Lunch box is going to be Potato Broad Bean Sambar, Beets Poriyal and rice.
I have a Lunch Box Series going on Cooking 4 all Seasons and as per that list this is 61st in the making.
The Beets Poriyal featured here is almost same as the one I had already made but this has Bengal gram added and I used Dry Red Chilis.

Potato Broad Bean Sambar:

Ingredients Needed

Toor Dal - 1 cup
Potatoes - 2 medium
Broad Beans - 4 nos
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

For Seasoning

Mustard Seeds + Urud Dal + Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Garlic - 4 pods
As I was saying yesterday if you have few things ready at hand, it becomes very simple. I always have Tamarind Extract ready, or at least soaked tamarind. Of course these days you get ready made tamarind extract, which I have never used but heard is not that good.
I have Whole Spice Blend For Tempering always ready at hand.

When you have multiple dishes like these to be done, get the first things done first. I normally use my pressure cookers for quick cooking.

Wash and Soak rice first
Wash and pressure cook Toor dal in a pressure cooker.

when the dal is getting cooked, wash and peel the beets. This goes into another small pressure cooker. This takes about 10 mins to get done, with 2 -3 whistles depending on how big or small you have chopped it.

After 15 mins, Add water and pressure the rice in a pressure cooker.

When the pressure falls down in the dal, check for doneness, remove the dal water if you are planning to make Rasam, else churn everything together.

Transfer the dal to a bowl, rinse the pan, put it on flame again.

Chop the onions, curry leaves and garlic needed for the sambar.

When the pan is hot, add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera and methi seeds. When they spulter add the onions, garlic and curry leaves. Simmer for 1 mins.

As the onions get cooked, cube potatoes and microwave for 5 mins. Broad Beans can be added directly to the pan as it will get cooked fast.

When the onions are done, add chopped tomatoes, sambar powder, tamarind extract, salt and trimmed broad beans. Cover with lid for it to get cooked fast.

Meanwhile the beets are done. Transfer to a bowl, rise the pan, wipe it clean and put it back on fire.

Add oil for the saute, add split red chillies, mustard seeds, Bengal gram, curry leaves, When the mustard spultters, add the cooked beets. Cook on high for all the water to get evoparated. This takes about 5 - 7 mins. When it is dry add grated coconut.

By this time, the tomatoes are mashed well, add the cooked potatoes, cooked dal, required water. Bring to boil. You can cover this slightly for it to get done soon.

Rice is all done in 15 minutes time.

Garnish the sambar finally with coriander leaves and your meal is ready.

Of course getting these three dishes done within 30 minutes is not a breeze as my post might convey. Conditions apply!..:)

With my kids dropping in every other moment, I tend to delay in certain areas. Having said that I have checked it myself on various times that this time is more than enough if you are prepared with all the ingredients and don't go searching for ingredients.

I added very few broad beans to the sambar as I was told that it adds flavour to a potato sambar.


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Smitha April 19, 2011 at 6:44 AM  

I have heard of broad beans in sambar, but not potato, so new to me!....the whole spread looks scrumptious!...

me too am not a big fan of store brought tamarind paste or extract...I prefer the fresh one and make as required!
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Archana Vivek April 19, 2011 at 7:06 AM  

Wow nice to see you doing 30 minute meals. Doing everything i was able to do only with 4 burners and 2 cookers. Good to see your dishes too..

Pavani April 19, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

Sambar looks delicious. Never added broad beans to sambar before, see I learnt something new too :-) My mom always adds potatoes to sambar.
Have a lovely Tuesday.

jayasree April 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

I add potatoes to sambhar when its a mixed veggie one. I usally don't pair any other veggie with broad beans. The aroma of that sambhar is simply superb.

Divya.M April 19, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

nice sambar, nice combo with poriyals and kootu.....i have not used broad beans for sambar...will try this time...thanks valli

Gayathri Kumar April 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM  

I add broad beans to sambar and it tastes great. I haven't tried adding potato, but my MIL used to add. Yours looks so inviting..

Tina April 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM  

yummy sambar...

Mehjabeen Arif April 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM  

totally a new invention.. interesting.. will surely try..

Kamalika April 19, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

Potato sambhar has a very unique flavour. My mom loves this sambhar

Priya April 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM  

Love broad beans in sambar, tempting sambar..

PriyaVaasu April 19, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

Valli, in my in-laws place u can find all the veggies in sambar!!!!
i too make potato Vatral kuzambhu, never tried sambhar!!!
As u said, if planned well, we can finish the cooking in matter of 30-45 mins.
Sambhar and Poriyal looks very tempting!!!!

Cool Lassi(e) April 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

I can eat all the fancy food in the world but the tamilian in me craves for sambhar if I don't have it at-least twice in week. A simple and divine fare. Potato jazzes up any dish and I usually make carrot and potato sambhar. Yours is a new combo that I am raring to try!

SravsCulinaryConcepts April 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM  

delicious sambar !! Never added potato !! will try this time !!

Suman Singh April 19, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

Interesting and delicious recipe..

divya April 19, 2011 at 7:06 PM  

yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!!

harini-jaya April 19, 2011 at 7:36 PM  

Good one..Sambar, dry curry and rice in 30 min is the norm at my place. Using potatoes in sambar happens in my mom's place but I personally don't prefer 'cos when I make sambar, there has to be potato fry by the side so redundant :)

Suma Gandlur April 20, 2011 at 2:53 AM  

That's a wholesome meal, south Indian style.

Sharmilee! :) April 20, 2011 at 8:14 AM  

Anytime comfort meal...looks very tempting

Usha April 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM  

When saw the news feed for this post on fb,I was surprised too! Potatoes in sambar??? This is exactly what I love about blogging, learning new variations to traditional recipes sitting at home, in front of a computer.. :)

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