Tamilnadu style Idli Sambar

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Ingredients:
Toor dal – 1/4 cup
Moong dal – 1/4 cup
Shallots – 10
Carrot – 1 small sized.
Red Pumpkin – 100 gms
Potato – 1
Tomato – 2
Tamarind – Gooseberry size
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Jaggery – 1 tsp or more

For sambar Paste:
Red chillies – 3 to 4
Methi seeds – 1/8 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Pepper – 4 to 5
Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
Channa dal – 1.5 tbsp
Udad dal – 1 tbsp
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Curry leaves – 5 to 6
Grated Coconut – 2 to 3 tbsp
Oil – 1/2 tsp

For Tempering:
Oil/Ghee – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Hing (Optional) – a pinch
Curry leaves – 5 to 6
Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp

For Garnish:
Chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Soak Tamarind in hot water for half an hour. Squeeze tamarind juice and set aside.

Heat oil in a small pan for roasting sambar paste. Add Red chillies, Channa dal, udad dal and roast for few seconds till the dals turn pale brown. Add methi seeds and roast for few seconds. Add Cumin seeds,coriander seeds and pepper and roast for few more seconds. Add Ginger and curry leaves and fry . Switch off the stove.Add grated coconut and roast in the remaining heat for few seconds. Let the mixture cool . Grind it to a smooth paste with little water.

Wash ,peel and chop all the vegetables excluding tomato into small pieces.
Wash both the dals.

In a cooker, add the dals and chopped vegetables. Cut the tomatoes into half and keep on top of the dal vegetable mix.
Cook all of them till dal is tender.

Once the dal is cool enough to handle, take out the tomatoes separately and remove the skin. Mash the tomatoes.
Mash the dal and vegetable mixture .

In a large pot, add the tamarind water, dal and vegetable mixture, mashed tomatoes and the ground paste.
Add turmeric powder,Jaggery and salt.
Cook the gravy till raw smell of tamarind goes away and sambar comes to a roiling boil.

Heat a tadka pan with oil or ghee. Add Mustard seeds. Once it splutter, add Curry leaves ,hing and fry for few seconds.
Switch off the stove.Add red chilli powder,mix well and pour the tadka over the sambar.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve the sambar hot with idlis.

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