As I have noted many times in this space, I always do prefer to make my own spice blends, time permitting. Although there are plenty of good ready-made blends to be had from Indian grocery stores, there is just no comparison between the homemade versions. Sambar powder — or sambhar masala — is the base for a wide range of spicy south Indian vegetable or dal curries known as sambars or sambhars, and I prepared this mixture in preparation for a black-eyed pea sambar dish that I made for a dear friend of mine. The addition of chana dal was a welcome addition to the mixture and it thickened it out to suit my preferences. Chana dal as well as the other ingredients in this recipe are easily found in Indian and most Asian grocers.
I am going a bit crazy at the moment, as the city is digging up the street to repair water mains and such right out front of the house. Crash, bang, boom, beep, beep, beep, and they start making racket around 7 in the morning and continue throughout the day. The street is now a mud pit and cars are getting stuck. I don't like noise — my preference being ambient music — but what can I do? Take refuge in the kitchen I guess, despite the heat.
|Homemade Sambar Powder|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on July 24, 2010
A hot and fragrant spice blend used as the base for south Indian sambar dishes
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