Sambar is a staple in my kitchen. Sambar is called ‘huli’ in Kannada. Either sambar or rasam will be on my menu at least 5 times a week and we never get tired of it. While I always make rasam with tomatoes, sambar can be made with different vegetables and greens. In this recipe, I have used radish or mullangi. Radish sambar or mullangi huli is a delight for anyone who loves a bowl of warm dal. Freshly roasted spices make it so aromatic and inviting.
I always cut the radishes into roundels (small discs) and do not dice them. I have no idea why, but that’s exactly how I have been eating them all my life. I have never seen my mom dice them too. Once the husband made radish sambar and diced the radishes instead of cutting them into discs. This made my daughter very upset. While the love for mullangi huli didn’t let her stop from eating it, she was visibly upset as the radishes were not cut into discs. I wonder what magic it adds to the dish!
This simple, nutritious, and healthy sambar is absolute comfort food. Pair it with rice, beans palya, papad, and pickle for a hearty meal.
This batch of radish sambar is even more special and delicious as I made it with home-grown radishes.
FOR THE SAMBAR POWDER:
FOR THE SAMBAR:
Radish sambar step-by-step recipe with photos
1. Dry roast all the ingredients of sambar powder until aromatic (few minutes)
2. Cool them completely and grind into a fine powder
3. Boil radish, tamarind extract, jaggery, sambar powder, salt and 2 cup water
4. Add boiled dal once radish is cooked
5. Adjust consistency and simmer for few minutes
6. Prepare tempering in ghee
7. Add tempering to the sambar
8. Add coriander leaves, mix well and serve hot