I first eat this sambar vada in Chennai saravana bhavan .Iliked it very much,From that time this one become one of my dinner special .If you have 2 vadas with sambar that will be enough for me for dinner. this one is specially from Tamil nadu,Inever see this iteam any were in andhra.And the recipe is...
1 cup -ura dal
salt to taste
oil for frying
Soak dal in water for 2-3 hours and drain water and griend dall in to a smooth paste dont add water while grieding. Remove and add salt [If you want you can add chopped onion and green chillis to the vada batter] and give a shape like dough nuts and droop them in hot oil and fry till golden colour.Remove from oil and drop them in to hot sambar.
1 cup -toor dal
1. wash and soak toor dal for 10 min. and cook till soft and mash and keep a side.
2. soak lemon sized tamarind and extract juice with 1 cup water and keep a side.
3.Cut vegetables like carrot ,bottle gourd,tomato,onion[they should be one carrot 1/2 cup bottle gourd pieces ,1medium tomato,1medium onion ,3green chillis]
4. cook vegetables in 1 cup water with 1/2 teasp-turmeric and 1/2 teasp-salt till vegetables are cooked.
5.now add tamarind juice,1tesp-chilli powder and boil till raw smell of the tamarind will dissappear.
6.now add cooked dal mix well and let it boil till one boil then add sambar powder 1teasp,jaggury-1teasp check and add salt ,curry leaves,chopped coriender leaves and mix well.
7.now heat 1teasp-oil in a pan add mustard seeds and 1/2 teasp-asafoetida and add this to sambar.
sambar is ready to serve, serve hot with plain rice[or] vadas[or] idlis.
I think this is a protein rich food because Iused urd dal and toor dal , dals and lentils are very rich in proteins so......
This recipe is my one more entry for EAT HEALTHY PROTEIN RICH CONTEST hosted by SANGEETH at-ART OF COOKING INDIAN FOODhttp://letusallcook.blogspot.com/2008/06/eat-healthy-protein-rich.html