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Therya Panna Sambaru(colocasia Leaves Sambar).

This is an innovation in sambar brought about by Kankanies.The leaves enhance the taste of sambar.The preparation is similar to the common  sambar, except for the vegetable.


colocasia leaves-5(de-veined,cleaned and chopped),

tur dal-1 cup,

corriander seeds-2 tsps,

chana dal-1tsp,

methi seeds-1 tsp,

red chillies-6,

hing 1/4 tsp,

fresh coconut scrapings-1tbsp,

turmeric powder-1/4 tsp,

tamarind-1 lemon size,


mustard seeds-1 tsp,

salt to taste,

curry leaves.


Pressure cook tur dal.

Pressure cook leaves in two cups of water.

Extract tamarind pulp using a cup of water.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Fry chana dal, corriander seeds, methi seeds and the red chillies to golden brown.

Grind the fried items along with the coconut to a fine paste.

Mix the paste with the tamarind pulp, add turmeric powder, hing and salt and boil for 5  mts. Stir the mix in between.

Add cooked dal and the leaves and cook for another 2 mts. Add required water to bring the curry to have a gravy consistency.

Crackle mustard seeds in the remaining oil and add the curry leaves.

Add it to the curry and mix well.

Sambar is ready.


Sambar can be prepared with spring onions also as per choice.

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Sambar is a spicy liquid side dish  liked  by people through out India. It has a very distinct aroma because the basic ingredients consist of a fair amount of condiments. It goes well with  idli, dosa etc. It is also relished very much with steamed rice,a main item during meals in southern  states of India.


Tur dal-1 cup
vegetables such as brinjal,  ladiesfinger, radish, carrot,
beans, pumpkin,potato, onion, tomatos,etc -250gms,

(Vegetable combination can be an assorted 2 or 3 vegetables or can be a single vegetable )
Sambar powder-2 to 3 tsps,
tamarind- small lemon size,
turmeric  powder -1/2tsp,

salt to taste,
red chilly-1,
mustard seeds -1tsp,
gingely(til) oil -2tsps,
curry leaves and
chopped coriander  leaves.

Cook dal and  required vegetables separately in a pressure cooker
Soak tamarind in water and take pulp.

Add  the sambar powder, turmeric powder, hing and salt  to the pulp and boil, adding sufficient water for 5 mts.
Add the vegetables and dal to the above mixture and boil for just one minute.
Remove from fire and add the chopped coriander leaves.
Season with  til oil, mustard , red chilly (cut into pieces) and curry leaves.

Sambar powder can also be made at home . The method of preparation is given separately under “Sambar Powder”.

Sambar can be made with fresh masala too.

coriander seeds-2tsp
tur dal-1tsp
chana dal-1tsp
red  chillies-4
methi seeds(fenugreek) -1/2tsp
jeera(cumminseeds) and pepper combined-1/2tsp
coconut scrapings-2tsp
hing -1/2tsp
turmeric  powder -1/2tsp

Fry all the items,except coconut scrapings, hing, and turmeric powder in 1tsp of oil. Grind the fried items with coconut, hing and turmeric powder. Use this masala in place of sambar powder and prepare sambar as mentioned above.

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