>> Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Coming back to the post for today, it's a simple luncheon that was prepared during a weekday. It features a typical menu that's prepared at home and what we pack for lunch. Only this time we ended up coming to home for lunch. The thali features a Sambar, with Vegetables on the side. As many of you know, there are so many variations in making a sambar. Though a basic sambar recipe is pretty much the same, with different vegetables it's prepared differently.
|South Indian Simple Lunch Thali|
|Kakarakaya Vepudu ~ Bitter Gourd Stir Fry|
Amma was also subjected to same experience and was asked to try out MTR Sambar powder recently. After tasting her Sambar, I agreed that it surely tastes great, I wanted to try it on Hubby dear too. So here's the Sambar with MTR Sambar mix with ground coconut garnish. It took the Sambar to a new level, I must agree!
|Chow Chow Sambar ~ Chayote Squash Sambhar|
On the Thali today, we had Chow Chow Sambar, Dal Rasam, Bitter Gourd Stir Fry, Plantain Stir fry, Curds. When we plan for Bitter gourd poriyal, there always has to be something for me as I don't eat that. Well for all the planning I thought I must change for my kids sake, it can easily wait as they hardly eat much of a vegetable, let alone Bitter gourd!
I have already posted another version of Chow Chow sambar
Chow Chow Sambar
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Chow Chow / - 1 medium
Tamarind extract - 1 marble size
Tomatoes - 2 medium
MTR Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Coconut paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves few
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Dry Red Chilli - 2
Sambar Onion / Pearl Onions - 3 - 4
Asafetida / Hing a pinch
How to make the Chow Chow Sambar
Peel and cube the chow chow into 1 inch pieces.
Soak the tamarind and extract the pulp. I normally store tamarind extract for easy usage.