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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Microwave Cooking ~ Masoor Dal - Chayote Sambhar


A quick and tasty sambhar prepared in microwave for my "microwave cooking" theme in BM#8. Check what my fellow marathoners are cooking today.

Ingredients: (4 -5 servings)
1/2 cup masoordal
1/2 cup peeled and cubed chayote
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
3/4 to 1 tsp chili powder
Jaggery to taste (optional)
Tamarind paste / puree as needed
For tadka: 2 tsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, 1 red chillie and few curry leaves
Minced cilantro for garnish

Method:
* Wash masoor dal in two exchanges of water. Add the washed dal, chayote, turmeric powder and 1 cup of water to a microwave safe bowl. Cook it in the microwave until the dal is done, about 10 minutes. 
* Now add sambhar powder, chili powder, salt, tamarind and jaggery to the cooked dal. Add extra water to bring to sambhar consistency, about 2 cups. Mix well, taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Put it back in the microwave and bring it to a rolling boil. It may take around 8 - 10 minutes.
* Heat oil in a small microwave safe bowl for two minutes. Then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asofoetida, chili and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds start to splutter, remove the bowl. Add this tadka to the cooked sambhar and mix well. Garnish with cilantro.
Serve hot with rice / rotis.

24 comments:

Usha said...

I rarely use my microwave for cooking and looking forward to your recipes. I am specially afraid that microwave would catch fire or blast when doing the tadka in it.. lol! btw, my today's post is a made in a microwave.. Will post it later in the evening.

Anyways, dal cooks delicious!

soujanya said...

I love sambars...this looks perfect n yummy...

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Nice and delicious dal !!

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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow sambar in microwave, that is amazing and innovative :)

harini-jaya said...

Bagundhi..simple and comforting!

I have also tried making sambar (though not in the microwave) using masoor dal and we loved it. Actually no one knew the difference except me :)

Smitha said...

this looks very tempting to try out!...yummo!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwww.... Truly delicious :)
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Shanavi said...

ahaaa.sooper , just need some rice and ghee to go with this.

Aarthi said...

this looks perfect

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Masoor dall is something different!!!Will try soon

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's a new combo to me....looks yummy.....

Mom Chef said...

Love chayote in any form - its such a rarity where I stay, and I even use the peel for chutney :-)

Sambhar looks yummy 1

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Sharmilee! :) said...

Flavourful and yummy

Kurryleaves said...

perfectly done....

Kalpana Sareesh said...

even i love masoor dhal..good one..

Priya said...

Fingerlicking sambar,simply inviting..

DEESHA said...

Masoor dal n chayote both r my favorite .. Yummy

vaishali sabnani said...

wonderful...i can get the aroma of sambhar rt here...so well made Suma..

Ila said...

wonderful delicious and colourful curry :)
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Prathima Rao said...

Comforting & delicious sambhar...!!! And micro recipes are always handy..Thx for sharing this one..
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PJ said...

Looks so delicious...Perfect comfort food...

Prathibha said...

Nice ides of using massor dal in sambar,though never tried but it really helps if I run out of toor dal..looks yumm

Srivalli said...

Like the second picture a lot, the dal really comes out live!

sharkhind said...

amazing recipe, thanks