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Monday, November 26, 2007

Sambar Sadam (Bisibelabath)

Tamilnadu is ever known for its delicious sambar and idly. As Tamilians find it hard to survive without sambar, I have even heard people of other states calling tamilians Sambar.So I am pretty sure none of the recipe collections will be complete without a recipe for sambar and especially the sambar rice .This rice for sure will tickle the taste buds of all sambar lovers. This has become a usual menu in all wedding receptions where rice Items are also served along with Tiffin.
Rice-1 ¼ cups
Thoor dhal-3/4 cup
Tamarind-qty equal to the size of a gooseberry

Green Peas or chickpeas-1 handful
Small onion -20 to 30
Curry leaf-little
Coriander leaves-little
(If one of the vegetable is not there you can substitute with some other one you like.)

To season
Mustard seeds-1 teaspoon
Urudh dhal-1 teaspoon
Red chillies-2
Coriander leaves-little
Asafetida-a pinch

Masala to grind
Red chillies-4
Coriander seeds-3 tablespoons
Pepper-1 teaspoon
Bengal gram-1 tablespoon
Curry leaf-little
Cinnamon-2 pieces
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 teaspoon
Asafetida-a small piece (if powder is used add while seasoning)

Dry roast all the items .Add fenugreek at last as it will get roasted fast. Powder the roasted items
This rice can be prepared either in rice cooker or in pressure cooker. I feel it is easy in Rice cooker. But those who are used to cooking rice in pressure cooker can opt for that

Cook rice with little extra water.
Cook the thoor dhal in the pressure cooker separately.
Season the vegetables in little oil with mustard seeds and cook them nicely in microwave or in the stove.
Dissolve the tamarind in one cup of water

If you are using rice cooker, when the rice gets cooked add the vegetables, cooked thoor dhal the grinded masala powder and the salt required into the rice cooker and mix well. Add the tamarind water also into the rice cooker. The rice should be little watery. As time goes on it will become thick. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more.

Those who are using pressure cooker can cook rice, vegetables and dhal separately. Then keep a flat bottomed vessel in the stove. Add the rice, dhal, cooked vegetables, grinded masala and the salt needed into it and mix well. Add the tamarind water also into the mix. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes more.

Finally season with the items given in ‘To season’
Some cashews can also be roasted in ghee and added for extra taste. While serving garnish with coriander leaves and little ghee. Serve along with papad


Sowmya said...

Super recipe. I tried this exactly the way you described. Its so easy to make and taste was so good. We enjoyed it.



Divya said...

Hi Solai,

This receipe is just awesome.Thank you so much


Lakshmanan said...



Cute ponnu said...

Thanks a lot mam for this Bisibelabath receipe :)
It is yummy with papad

Valli said...

Valli's comment
Achi, Your Sambar Sadam recipe was excellent. My husband really liked the taste. Your brilliant presentation instigated me to try the recipe. Thank you very much.

chamundeeswari said...

Aachi suggest me some stuffed chapathi recipes without using potatoes.

indu said...

Thank you so much. It was really awesome.Actually all your receips are gr8.Thanks once again.

indu said...

Thank you very much for this mouth watering receipe.

freebird said...

Hi Madam

The recepie was really yummy! Thank u so much!

freebird said...

Hi Madam

The recepie was really yummy! Thank u so much!

Sruthi of Life said...

Dear madam, can u please blog the recipe for sambar? I make sambar at home, but we feel that it lags something. Need to know the traditional sambar recipe. Or u can email it to me at
Thank u.

WhyteHousieBala said...

Hello Aunty,

I tried this for lunch today. It was yummy... thnx very much for d recipe..


Srinath Iyer said...

Hi Achi,
super! My wife freaked out she asked me how i prepared this..... I said this is my secret recipe......:) can u suggest some vegetarian curries

Anonymous said...

Great recipe, found it a little on the hotter side so those who want it milder should reduce a chilly or two. Thanks a lot.

Buvana said...

hi mam,

this was very awesomme...
my husband enjoyed a lot...

Sindhuja Kumaran said...

Dear Mam,
I tried this recipe for my lunch today.Came out really well.Thanks heaps for posting a wonderful recipe.Infact i have added your blog in my favourites I refer to it whenever I get stuck in cooking :-)

InduIrwin said...

Dear Aachi,

your receipes are perfect and awesome.Thank you so much for your dedication in this in midst of your other works.


Deepa said...

Hi Achi,

My husband sent me your link few days back saying that i can try few of them as the comments are too good. First i prepared Mutton Briyani and mesmerized with the taste.

Started trying one receipe/day. Till now prepared lemon rice, mutton briyani, bisebelebath.. all are awesome...

Thank you so much for sharing the receipes.


Radhika said...

Thanks achi for all your recipes, they turn out really good !
you are doing a great job ...

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
We tried this dish,turned out great,delicious and simple to make,had with potato fry,was very nice,thank you,

Chocks P L said...

I might be the last one to post a comment. But no words to praise your efforts.We are grateful to you,

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