Friday, February 23, 2018

#SuperBloggerChallenge2018 With #Instacuppa, #Week 2 "Traditional Sambar Recipe With a Twist"

Yey! Its week 2 of #SueprBlogggerChallenge 2018, and I am so glad and excited to be a part of this great journey.

As for week#2, the prompt is, “A Traditional recipe with a twist”, I am sharing one of my favourite dish South Indian Vegetable stew or sambhar recipe with a super easy and interesting twist.
South Indian vegetable stew or sambhar is a great side dish to pair with breakfast or main meal. This recipe calls for lots of vegetables like eggplant, pumpkin, bottle gourd and drumstick. You may add or remove vegetables as per your liking and taste. Each vegetable lends a different flavour and taste.
Here, I am sharing the recipe that we used at home. It is easy, tasty and nutritious.


  • ·         1/3 cup pigeon pea lentil
  • ·         1 cup mixed vegetable (pumpkin, bottle guard, drumstick, okra etc.)
  • ·         1 medium onion finely chopped
  • ·         1 tomato finely chopped
  • ·         5-6 curry leaves, 1 -2 dry red chillies, and ½ teaspoon mustard (for seasoning)
  • ·         ½ teaspoon asafoetida
  • ·         1 teaspoon red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 Teaspoon coriander powder (you may add these dry spices as per your taste)
  • ·         1 tablespoon Sambhar powder (it is a mixture of spices such as coriander, black pepper, etc. that is radially available in Indian grocery market. You can also make it at home, here is the recipe)
  • ·         Salt according to taste
  • ·         1 tablespoon oil
  • ·         Water 1-2 cup
  • ·         Finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • ·         Twist ingredient: 1 cup Buttermilk


  • ·         First, take pigeon pea lentil and mixed vegetables in the separate vessel and washed them properly and drain the excess water.
  • ·         Now, pressure cooks the pigeon pea lentil and mixed vegetable in a pressure cooker for 15- 20 minutes or until they turn tender (3-4 whistle is perfect). I prefer to cook vegetables along with pigeon pea lentil in a pressure cooker. However, you can also cook them in a vessel over the low medium flame until they turn tender.
  • ·         Let it cool down after few minutes open the lid and mash the lentil and mixed vegetables with the help of a spatula or hand blender
  • ·         Heat the oil in a pan over medium flame
  • ·         Add curry leaves, dry red chillies, and mustard seeds and allow them to crackle
  • ·         Add asafoetida powder
  • ·         Add chopped onion, sauté them until they turn golden brown
  • ·         Now, Add tomato and mixed all dry spices (red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder) and sambhar powder with some water. Mixed all spices well, and sauté it for few minutes
  • ·         Add mixed and mashed mixed vegetables
  • ·         Then add 1 cup of buttermilk to mixture slowly and stir continuously, adding of buttermilk will give a creamy texture and consistency to your sambhar. After few minutes, add mashed lentil
  • ·         Add salt and 1-2 cup water; boil it for another 5-7 minutes
  • ·         Turn off the flame; your south Indian vegetable stew is ready to serve. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.
  • ·         It is a tasty as well as a healthy dish that tastes best when served hot.

What is great about this twist?

Buttermilk is a highly nutritious ingredient, it is rich in minerals and vitamin. By adding buttermilk, we can increase the nutritional value of traditional sambhar. Another side, adding buttermilk gives a smooth and creamy texture to your routine Sambhar, which tastes so good and yummy.
So, it was my attempt to do an interesting twist to the traditional sambhar recipe, and I am hoping you would like it. Did you have tried any twist to any traditional recipe? What was your experience? Please share with us!


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  1. Pigeon pea is arhar dal ?? Next time I make sambar I will try ur twist

    1. yes! Monika it is arhar dal, thanks a lot for visitng my blog.

  2. Hey is that the recipe for my favorite mor-kozhumbu in Tamil. I may be wrong. I simply love mor-kozhumbu. I know how to make Sambar but never tried this. I will try this recipe sometime. #Superbloggerchallenge2018 #Instacuppa

    1. yes! it is similar that recipe, thanks a lot for your visit.

  3. Wow...buttermilk in Sambar..
    Interesting ����

    1. yes! Aritra, it is unique and interesting! thanks a lot for your visit!

  4. That's a new thing I haven't done for sure. Will try it thus week.


    1. I am sure you will love it, thanks a lot for your visit!

  5. I always struggle in making sambhar!! this was a helpful article!! will try it soon!!

    1. I am glad you liked the post, Thanks a lot for your visit!

  6. I guess I will try using more of buttermilk as well. I like this new recipe :)


    1. I am hoping you will like this twist, Thanks a lot for your visit.

  7. I remembered my mother cooking same kind of recipe. Buttermilk with tamarind paste and vegatables taste good.

  8. Hey, that's just the way I make Sambhar! Although, I haven't added buttermilk ever. Maybe I will give it a try someday!
    Do join me and Sunita of BellyBytes on the first Tuesday of the month with such foodie posts, Surbhi. You will love it there, I am sure! :)

    1. I am glad Shilpa you liked the post and I will be so happy to join you awesome guys. Thanks a lot for your visit!

  9. Wow the buttermilk tip is just superb and I cna just imagine the taste turn to tangy and smooth with it; shall try it next time I make it! Thanks for sharing Surbhi