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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rubbina Pulusu / Rubbina Sambhar

After a long time, I got to taste rubbina pulusu - a child hood favorite dal preparation of mine yesterday. My parents are here visiting us and I got to taste my mother's food after a long time and needless to say that I cherished each morsel of it. Right now I am busy catching up with my mother that I am not blog hopping much. :)
This rubbina pulusu can be loosely described as another variation of the famous South Indian sambhar. Though spices are used both in sambhar and this dal preparation, how they are used makes all the difference. While the spices are toasted and ground dry in the sambhar case, rubbina pulusu uses the wet paste of spices and this variation makes these two dals entirely different taste / flavor and texture wise.
Unlike sambhar, this dal should be on the thicker side. The ground paste of spices - coconut forms a delicious, thicker sauce / base to the preparation and so a small quantity of toor dal is enough to prepare this dish. The fresh ingredients used in this pulusu makes it a delectable dal. I personally prefer this rubbina pulusu any day to sambhar.

In Telugu, rubbina means ground and pulusu is dal.


Ingredients to serve 6-8:
1/2 cup toordal
1 cup chopped vegetables (I used carrot, beans, potato, chayote, peas) + 2 tomatoes
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
2 Tbsp chanadal
1 Tbsp uraddal & coriander seeds each
15 byadagi chillies
3 Marathi moggu
3 cinnamon pieces
3 Tbsp shredded coconut
A big marble sized tamarind
Salt to taste
For tadka: 2 Tsp oil, 1 tsp each mustard seeds & cumin seeds, curry leaves, a pinch of asafoetida

The cooking process:
* Wash the toordal and throw away the cloudy water. Then add toordal, vegetables, turmeric powder and about a cup of water to a container. Place the container in a pressure cooker and cook.
* Soak the tamarind in little water.

* Meanwhile, Add chanadal and uraddal to a small sauté pan and toast on medium flame. When they start to turn reddish, add coriander seeds, cinnamon pieces, moggu, chilies to the pan and toast them as well. Allow them to cool.
* Grind the toasted spices, coconut, tamarind into a paste adding water as needed.
* Add the ground paste, salt to the cooked dal - vegetable mixture. The consistency of this dal should be thicker. Add some water if needed. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
 Heat oil in a small sauté pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When mustard starts to pop and cumin starts to sizzle, add asafoetida & curry leaves and turn off the stove.
* Add the tadka mixture to the cooked dal and mix well.

This goes to my 'Delicious dals from India'.


Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Beautiful dish...looks tasty and colourful..enjoy your time with your parents....:-))

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Suma, pass the bowl please, it is so eye-catching and such lovely treat to even see the dish. Enjoy every second of your parents' stay. I miss mine.

Kiran said...

Hi Suma This sambar is my very favorite too.Sambar looks very delicious.Convey my regards to your parents.Have a wonderful time with them.

Nithu Bala said...

Good to know your parents are here with you..convey my regards to them..have great time..btw, Rubina pulusu is very different and new to me..esp that maratha moggu..as always the picture is eye catching..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

delicious sambar,very colourfull and tempting...

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

my favorite...looks lovely and delicious..........superbbbbb..njoy ur lovely days with parents....same pinch i too posted a sambhar disha and forwarded to ur lovely event...

PranisKitchen said...

its our favorite sambar. i learnt it from my frnd.looks delicious.
so now u r really enjoying mom's food ..thats good..enjoy the days with ur parents

jayasree said...

Thats a different kind of sambhar. Liked the name. Have a nice time with your parents.

Priya said...

Delicious and tempting sambar, looks very catchy..

Life is beautiful!!! said...

I didn't know that you can prepare sambhar with this combo. Have a nice time Suma with your mom. My wishes to her :)

PS said...

hi suma, love sambhar any time. this pulusu is a good variation for regular sambhar..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Delicious looking pulusu...Have a great time with your parents !!!

harini-jaya said...

hey loved the rubbina pulusu..shall try it out soon..regards to ur parents and I am having a gr8 time in India and so not blog hopping too much these days...

sayali said...

Suma, it looks delicious! I'm gonna try it this week. Wish me luck!

Ambika said...

Definitely on my to do list!!! Awesome!