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Healthy methi leaves sambhar recipe

Try this methi leaves sambhar and give your body a healthy iron boost.

Written by Admin |Updated : September 5, 2013 6:40 PM IST

healthy-methi-leaves-sambharIdli or dosa... eat along with this yummy sambhar and rustle up an iron rich treat for the body! This is a slight twist to the traditional south Indian delicacy, making it healthier than before.

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Serves 6


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For the sambhar
1 cup toovar (arhar) dal
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 brinjals, cubed
1 drumstick (saijan ki phalli / saragavo), cut into 4 pieces
1 potato, peeled and cubed
1 tbsp tamarind (imli) pulp
salt to taste

For the sambhar masala
6 to 8 whole dry red chillies
1 tbsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tsp fenugreek (methi) seeds
1 tbsp toovar (arhar) dal
1 tbsp chana dal (split Bengal gram)
1 tbsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 tsp oil

For the tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
6 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 cup finely chopped small fenugreek (methi)leaves with stalks
1 tbsp oil


For the sambhar masala

  • Heat the oil and roast all the ingredients for the sambhar masala in it.
  • Grind to a fine paste in a blender using a little water. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  • Clean, wash and soak the dal in water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  • Pressure cook the dal, tomatoes, onions, brinjals, drumstick and potato with 2 cups of water.
  • Then add the tamarind pulp, sambhar masala, salt and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Prepare the tempering by heating the oil and frying the mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida until the mustard seeds crackle. Add the methi leaves and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add this to the sambhar and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
Nutrient values per serving

254 cal.4.9 gm.2.6 mg.39.6 gm.12.8 gm.
Here is the original recipe source: Healthy methi leaves sambhar by Tarla Dalal

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