Idli,Vada and Sambar combo is a staple breakfast of Tamilnadu.Tiffin Sambar is a good side dish for idli,dosa and the main ingredient is cooked and mashed toor dal.
If you have cooked toor dal leftover, this dish can be prepared in a jiffy.
Roast the following ingredients in 2tsp cooking oil and powder it in a mixie.
1) 2tbsp - Channa dal
2)1 tsp - split urad dal
3)4tsp - coriander seeds
4)1/4 tsp - methi seeds
5)1/2 tsp - black pepper
6)1 tsp - cumin seeds
7)1/4 tsp - asafoetida powder
8)4 - dry red chillies(you can adjust according to your spice level)
9)a sprig of curry leaves
The other ingredients
1/2 cup - cooked and mashed toor dal.
1 tsp - mustard seeds
1 tsp - split urad dal
1 -medium sized onion
1 - small tomato
a small gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in water
cilantro leaves for garnishing
2tbsp - any cooking oil
Extract the juice of tamarind.You will need a cup of it.
In a pressure pan add 2 tbsp of oil.When the oil is heated up add the mustard seeds.
When the mustard seeds splutter,add the split urad dal.Wait till the urad dal becomes slightly brown in color.
Add the onions and a pinch of salt and saute.When the onions become translucent add the tomatoes.
Now add the powder and mix everything together.Then add the tamarind juice and the mashed dal along with the required amount of salt.
When it starts to boil close the lid of the pressure pan and cook for 1 whistle.
Garnish the sambar with chopped cilantro leaves.
Serve hot with mini idlis