Aug 12, 2009

WATERMELON SAMBAR (WATER MELON IN LENTIL GRAVY)

Watermelon sambar yes what you reading are right. I made sambar with water melon. Usually I make watermelon kuttu and it taste just like white pumpkin kuttu (boodida gummadi kaya) then I got this idea of making sambar with watermelon. As I said before that white part of watermelon in very nutritious with lots of water content so I don’t want to waste it. Some how I make sure to use it every time and this time I cut the white part with little bit of red part too. Sambar taste just awesome with very little sweet taste. Check it out here how I made it………..
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FOR SAMBAR POWDER:---
Coriander seeds --- 1 tea sp
Cumin seeds --- 1/2 tea sp
Black pepper corns --- 1/4 tea sp
Fenugreek seeds --- 6 seeds
Channa dal (split chick peas) --- 1 tea sp
Dry roast all above ingredients in a fry pan and add a big pinch of asafetida just before removing from heat.
Let it cool for some time and grind in to a fine powder
Cover and leave it a side.
FOR SAMBAR:----
Tuvar dal (split pigeon peas, kandi pappu) ---- 1/2 cup
Turmeric --- 1/2 tea sp
Tamarind --- 5 Gms. (1 medium size lemon sized tamarind)
Salt to taste
Red chili powder --- 1/2 tea sp

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FOR SEASONING:---
Oil --- 2 tab sp
Mustard seeds --- 1 tea sp
Red chilies – 2 broken
Curry leaves – 2 springs.
1 tab sp chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.
FOR WATERMELON PIECES:----
Cut the watermelon and remove the red fruit part and peel the green skin and take the white part and cut in to 2 in size pieces.

METHOD:------
1. Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 min and extract the juice with 1 cup of water and leave a side.
2. Wash and soak dal for 1/2 hour and cook with 1/4 tea sp turmeric and cook till soft and remove from heat mash a little bit and leave a side.
3. Now add water melon pieces to tamarind juice and add salt to taste remaining turmeric and red chili powder and cook till watermelon pieces become tender and raw smell of the tamarind disappears.
4. Then add cooked and mashed tuvar dal mix well and bring to a full boil and check the salt if require adjust.
5. Now add ground sambar powder mix well and again bring to a full boil and let it cook for few min.
6. Now in a fry pan heat oil and add mustard seed and let them popup then add red chilies and curry leaves and add the seasoning to sambar and switch of the flame cover and leave a side for some time(at least for 1/2 hour)
7. Then sprinkle chopped coriander leaves on top and serve hot with rice or idli s
ENJOY YOUR MEAL.

And I am sending this watermelon sambar to Monthly Mingle-Marvelous Melons at Chew On That. and this mingle was started by Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey?

33 comments:

Faiza Ali said...

oh wow ! never ever thought of making sambar with melon :)Keep rocking dear.

Parita said...

Thats such innovative recipe dear, never knew watermelon whites could be so used in so many different ways in cooking, thanks!

Pari said...

Interesting sambar. Should give it a try.

srikars kitchen said...

NIce sambar.. looks perfect & mouthwatering..

Priti said...

What a nice idea...looks yummy...pls share ?

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Very beautiful pictures, feel like grabbing that bowl.

Sharmilee! :) said...

This is completely new.....watermelon in lentils gravy!

Varunavi said...

I thought watermelon is a fruit,it can be made into sambar great,nice click

sowmya said...

today,,i have seen atleast 5 dishes using water melon...till now i thought they were meant only to eat as it is or as juices..looks great and so yummy..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow....awesome presentation...looks yum.....never tried watermelon this way....

Curry Leaf said...

You r truly innovative.Never thght of making sambar with melon.When I read the title ,my eyes simply popped out in surprise

Purva Desai said...

This is one unique and very creative idea.....this must be one chilling sambhar....

Aparna Prabhu said...

Akka smbar is new to me....nd y dont u post the dosa too nd send it for the event......lovely clicks

Ann said...

Thats a brilliant idea to add watermelon to the yummy Sambar..Yummier..!!

Usha said...

Looks delicious, lovely pics !

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very colourful.....

kittymatti said...

wow! so creative! worth the try,!

*sangi* said...

Wat a variety dish!spicy sambar with watermelon...will def. try this out....tnx dear!

Srilakshmi said...

That's the most innovative dish I have heard with Watermelon! I simply chomp on the red juicy part and throw away the hard part of it! Very Interesting Sambar :)

Sireesha said...

My god, rekha, what a great idea! I've tried watermelon skin halwa before, but I can imagine it'd be just great in Sambar. Looks delicious.

Vaishali said...

Gosh, you guys are amazing. Just saw a watermelon-rind halwa post on Sireesha's blog and now a watermelon sambar! Sounds unusual but delicious.

Padma said...

Nice presentation and delicious sambar.

Bergamot said...

Melons in a sambar... nice twist. I had heard of this but never really seen a recipe before.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

New and innovative. Will try next time.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

never knew can make sambar with watermelon! Sounds nice:)

Nags said...

wow! this is definitely new to me !

Priya said...

Thats really new to me Rekha...fabulous dish rekha!!great!!!

Uma said...

Lovely recipe Rekha! so innovative and tempting dish! You've become a professional photographer! All the pics are soooo beautiful :)

Divya Vikram said...

Ive heard that the melon rinds are healthy! Looks so innovative to use them up in sambar.

Divya Kudua said...

Watermelon in Sambhar..definitely an innovative recipe..:)

Valarmathi said...

Very innovative recipe. Looks yummy and nice presentation.

Pavithra said...

Nice sambar with watermelon looks so good and nice clicks...

Joanne said...

I love your use of watermelon in this savory dish. Very intriguing!