Udupi Okra Sambar


Udupi Sambhar is one of the most yummy lentil recipe and many who are aware of the flavors will vote for it above all other Sambhar Recipes available. The key to the recipe is the fresh made sambhar masala paste, yes you read it right, rather than the powder. For the authentic sambhar taste, you need to use the Byadaki Chilies rather than any other dry red chili. These chilies are not extremely spicy but you need to be careful while choosing your spice level. The use of tamarind and jiggery do help to reduce the chilliness to some extent. You can add as many vegetables to it as you want and serve with rice to make a complete meal.. I chose to add only okra or ladiesfinger and few drumsticks. No Sambhar is complete without drumsticks.

An offbeat information : Do you know Sambar is also the name of an animal and is Tiger’s most favorite meat.

The measurement given below will make Sambhar for 4 people.


What You Need:

1 Toor Daal 1 cup
2 Water 3 cups
3 Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
4 Salt To Taste
5 Jaggery 1 lemon size
6 Tamarind 1 lemon size
7 Coriander Leaves Chopped 2 tbsp
8 Curry Leaves 10 or 12
9 Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
10 Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
11 Asoefotida 1 tsp
12 Okra cut into 1 inch long piece 250 grams
13 Drumsticks 5 to 6

14 Oil For cooking



For the Sambhar Masala Paste

1 Byadaki Red Chili 4 to 5
2 Cumin Seeds 1 tbsp
3 Coriander seeds 1 tsp
4 Fenugreek Seeds 1 tsp
5 Grated Coconut 2 tbsp
6 Urad Daal (optional) 1 tbsp
7 Oil 1 tsp

Steps To Make:

Heat 1 tsp oil in a non stick pan.
Add okra and cook till there is no sliminess and okra is almost cooked.

Heat 1 tsp oil in small pan.
Add all the ingredients except coconut and fry for 2 3 minutes on low.
Allow it to cool down.
Add grated coconut and 1/4th cup water.
Grind to a fine paste.
You will get a  nice red paste.
Keep it aside to use later.

Pressure cook lentils, water, salt and turmeric powder.
Use a hand churner to blend it smooth.
Please don’t use an electric blender.

Soak tamarind in ½ cup hot water.
Extract juice and keep aside.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan.
Add hing, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.
Add curry leaves and chopped onions.
Allow it to turn light brown.
Add tomatoes, tamarind extract and drumsticks.
Add ½ cup water, turmeric powder and bring it to boil.
Add cooked lentils, sambhar masala paste and jiggery.
Bring it to boil.
Add okra and chopped coriander leaves.
Cook on high for 2 to 3  minutes more.
Your Udupi Sambhar is ready to be served with Rice and Curry or Fry of your choice.


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