Friday, April 15, 2011

Coin Sambar / Radish(Mullangi) Sambar.....with freshly ground masala!!!

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Sambar is one of most important accompaniments in south Indian meal and it at least appears twice in our lunch menu.Sambar is made in various ways in different regions of south India,for example in Andhra,coconut is not added to sambar while in karnataka coconut is a must while making sambar.How ever I like and enjoy both the variations and do it according to my wish at that point of cooking.I usually get a pack of sambar powder for the whole year from my mom and still some times I will be out of stock,then I make freshly ground instant sambar which I am posting here.Every family has their own recipe for sambar powder and the one I m using is partially adapted from both my mom and MIL's versions and I can claim that it is my own version which works for me when I run out of stock.
Sambar is made up of vegetables like potatoes, carrots, beans,cluster beans, drum stick, radish, brinjal, ladies finger, yellow cucumber, pumpkin, chayote squash, white pumpkin, bottle gourd and even greens.Every vegetable adds a different taste to sambar and among all the sambar varieties,I like drum stick , ladies finger and radish sambar as they impart very special flavor to sambar.We used to call radish sambar as 'Rupayila Sambar(which means rupee coin sambar)' as my mom used to cut radish into thin rounds which looks similar to rupee coin and hence the name.Here goes the recipe of radish sambar,this version is quite compatible you can make it as it is or you can even make it rich by adding coconut to the spice mixture,how ever both the versions taste good in its own ways.

1 cup toor dal
1 big radish, peeled and cut into thin rounds
1 big onion, roughly diced or 10-12 small shallots
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 green chili,slit
5-6 curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped coriander
1 amla sized tamarind ball
1/2 tsp grated jaggery
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp oil

to grind:
1 tbsp chana dal
2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp methi seeds
3-4 guntur red chillies
2-3 byadige red chillies( for color)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds(optional)
1/2 tsp jeera
4-5 pepper corns

for tadka:
1 tsp ghee/oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
a sprig of curry leaves
a fat pinch of hing

  • Wash toor dal and add a pinch of turmeric to it and pressure cook for 3 whistles.Slightly mash it after it cools down.
  • Soak tamarind in water and squeeze the pulp and dilute it with water.
  • Dry roast chana dal,coriander seeds,mustard,jeera,pepper corns,red chillies and methi seeds separately and grind it to a fine powder.
  • Heat a tsp of oil and add diced onions,green chili and fry a little bit and add chopped tomatoes and let it become slightly mushy.
  • Add radish rounds and fry a bit and add tamarind water and add more water, salt,turmeric powder, curry leaves, chopped coriander and boil until the radish is cooked well.
  • Add freshly ground sambar powder and jaggery to it and boil well and add cooked toor dal and simmer well for 3-4 mins.
  • Heat ghee in a small tadka pan and crackle mustard seeds,curry leaves and hing and fry little bit and add it to the boiling sambar and mix well.
Serve it hot with hot rice.

  1. If you want to make this sambar for Idli/Dosa , add 1/2 cup toor dal: 1/2 cup moong dal and pressure cook and follow the same procedure.It tastes best with Idlis and dosas if moong dal is mixed with toor dal instead of toor dal alone.
  2. I sometimes add 1/2 cup grated coconut to the ground masala and add enough water and grind it to a fine paste.This gives completely a different flavor and taste to sambar.
  3. Addition of coriander leaves is optional,it tastes different with it and tastes good even with out it.
  4. You can replace radish with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, beans,cluster beans, drum stick, radish, brinjal, yellow cucumber, pumpkin, chayote squash, white pumpkin, bottle gourd and even greens.
  5. For a Vegan version avoid ghee and use oil in tempering.


Deepthi Shankar said...

We call this Huli in kannada but as you said adding coconut is a must for us .. comfort food

Tina said...

Sambar sounds yummy ..

Unknown said...

Freshly ground masala is always flavourful..looks yumm...I like it with rice and dosas

lubnakarim06 said...

I love fav breakfast is idli sambar.....i never tasted radish till to try it with this recipe....

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

yummy sambar.Grinding mustard seeds gives an aromatic flavour

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Thanks for sharing your version of sambar powder. Sambar looks yummy with radish. Perfect to have with Rice

Namratha said...

One of my fav sambars and my ammamma calls it the same .. Rupaiyla kooru :) as kids we used to clamber for the 'coins '. Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories and the kooru looks exactly how i've had it before

Unknown said...

I love mulangi in a unique taste to it!...very yummy
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Raji said...

I love radish in my sambaar...and instead of adding sambar powder sometimes I too grind the masalas. This is so much inviting.

Preeti Kashyap said...

This looks so yumm!

Unknown said...

Sambar looks great.that too adding raddish will enhance the taste.

R said...

looks awesome, must be really flavorful with the addition of homemade ground masala!

Archana said...

Comfort food that is what it is. I like your masala too! Must make it. Thanks.

Priya Suresh said...

Love radish sambhar with papads, my fav..delicious and very inviting sambar..

Unknown said...

Love mullangi sambhar, I love the smell and taste of mullangi in the sambhar, looks perfect with fresh ground masala. Delicious :)

Swathi said...

Mulangi sambar looks awesome delicious.

Sravs said...

Sambar looks so wonderful and delicious !!

Padma said...

Love this radish sambar for its strong flavor and taste. Looks delicious.

Mehjabeen Arif said...

Freshly ground paste will bring so good taste and flavors.. Slurp )

Priyanka Agrawal said...

absol love it

Suman Singh said...

This just makes me drool...yuuuummm. Would be so good with rice..thanks for sharing your recipe..have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Lovely sambar..Never tasted this before but i am sure it tastes fantastic..Will give it a try soon..Thanks for sharing..

JishasKitchen said...

wow..that's an interesting sambar recipe...loved it...awesome pics too..

Suganya said...

Wow... So mouthwatering nice recipe. My all time favorite too. YUM!

Lakshmi said...

I just love Mullangi huli (as we call it), there was a time when we got raddishes with strong aroma which would take this sambhar to a different level. Now we seldom get those. Coin sambar is a nice name :)

jayasree said...

Mullangi is mostly made into a sambhar at home. Liked the name- coin sambhar.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

I love Radish sambar...And we too call it as coin sambar.

Anonymous said...

Tasty sambar recipe,will have to try it out.

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