onion sambar recipe | vengaya sambar | ulli sambar

onion sambar recipe | vengaya sambar | ulli sambar | small onion sambar with detailed photo and video recipe. a simple and easy sambar recipe made with small onions or shallots. the recipe is basically an extension to a typical south indian sambar with a typical sambar powder but without all fancy vegetables in it. the recipe is an ideal side dish to steam rice and can be served for lunch or dinner or even for tiffin boxes.
onion sambar recipeonion sambar recipe | vengaya sambar | ulli sambar | small onion sambar with step by step photo and video recipe. sambar recipe is a staple food of south india and is made on day to day basis. the recipe can be made with a myriad choice of veggies with a different type of spice mix and masala. one such simple and quick sambar recipe is onion sambar recipe or vengaya sambar recipe known for its onion and garlic flavour.

sambar recipe is frequent dish i make on a daily basis. generally i make it for my noon lunch which can be extended to even dinner as well. because i make it frequently i have to explore different types of sambar, os that it does not get monotonous for our lunch and dinner. because we both hail from udupi, the coconut-based sambar or we call it as ‘koddel’ is the most preferred one. having said that we have opened up for plain toor dal based sambar. and onion sambar is one of our favorite as of now. the main reason i like it is because of it is economical, quick and at the same time tasty. compared to another traditional sambar, the vengaya sambar needs just small onions compared to fancy vegetables.

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furthermore some tips, suggestions, variations to make it a perfect and tasty onion sambar recipe. firstly, the recipe tastes better with small onions or shallots. but you do not have to limit it with just that. you can also use big red onions or even white onions for the same purpose. secondly, i have used homemade sambar powder which elevates the taste and flavour of this recipe. having said that you can also use store-bought ones for the same purpose. lastly, if you wish, you can also experiment the recipe by adding choice of vegetables. perhaps you can add vegetables like drumstick, pumpkin, brinjal, carrots and even beans.

finally i request you to check my other detailed sambar recipes collection with this post of onion sambar recipe. it mainly includes vivid type of sambar like ulli theeyal, udupi sambar, drumstick sambar, mini idli sambar, idli sambar, vegetable sambar, sambar, gulla bolu koddel, beans koddel, hotel sambar. further to these i would also like to highlight my other recipes collection like,

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onion sambar recipe | vengaya sambar | ulli sambar | small onion sambar

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
AUTHOR: Hebbars Kitchen
Course: sambar
Cuisine: south indian
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Ingredients

for sambar powder:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp methi / fenugreek
  • ¼ cup coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 tsp  urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 20 dried red chilli
  • few curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp hing / asafoetida

for sambar:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 20 small onion
  • 3 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli, slit
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ¾ cup tamarind extract
  • 1 cup water
  • cup toor dal, cooked
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • 2 tbsp coriander, chopped

for tempering:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp methi / fenugreek
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch hing / asafoetida
  • 2 dried red chilli, broken

Instructions

sambar powder recipe:

  • firstly, in a pan heat 1 tsp coconut oil and roast ¼ tsp methi.
  • now keeping the flame on low add ¼ cup coriander seeds, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp urad dal and 1 tsp chana dal.
  • roast until the spices turn golden brown.
  • further, add 20 dried red chilli, few curry leaves and roast until the chillis turn crisp.
  • cool the spices completely and transfer to the blender along with ¼ tsp hing.
  • blend to a slightly coarse powder and sambar powder is ready.

onion sambar preparation:

  • firstly, heat 2 tbsp oil and saute 20 small onion, 3 clove garlic and 1 chilli for 2 minutes.
  • add ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt. saute for a minute.
  • further add 1 tomato and saute well.
  • now add ¾ cup tamarind extract and 1 cup water.
  • cover and boil for 10 minutes or until raw flavour are gone.
  • add 1½ cup toor dal and mix well adjusting consistency as required.
  • further get to a boil for 2 minutes.
  • add 3 tsp prepared sambar powder and 1 tsp jaggery.
  • mix well and boil for a minute.
  • prepare the tempering by heating 2 tsp oil.
  • splutter 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp methi, few curry leaves, pinch hing and 2 dried red chilli.
  • pour the tempering over sambar.
  • add 2 tbsp coriander and mix well.
  • finally, enjoy onion sambar with hot steamed rice.
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how to make onion sambar with step by step photo:

sambar powder recipe:

  1. firstly, in a pan heat 1 tsp coconut oil and roast ¼ tsp methi.
    onion sambar recipe
  2. now keeping the flame on low add ¼ cup coriander seeds, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp urad dal and 1 tsp chana dal.
    onion sambar recipe
  3. roast until the spices turn golden brown.
    onion sambar recipe
  4. further, add 20 dried red chilli, few curry leaves and roast until the chillis turn crisp.
    onion sambar recipe
  5. cool the spices completely and transfer to the blender along with ¼ tsp hing.
    vengaya sambar
  6. blend to a slightly coarse powder and sambar powder is ready.
    vengaya sambar

onion sambar preparation:

  1. firstly, heat 2 tbsp oil and saute 20 small onion, 3 clove garlic and 1 chilli for 2 minutes.
    vengaya sambar
  2. add ¼ tsp turmeric and 1 tsp salt. saute for a minute.
    vengaya sambar
  3. further add 1 tomato and saute well.
    vengaya sambar
  4. now add ¾ cup tamarind extract and 1 cup water.
    vengaya sambar
  5. cover and boil for 10 minutes or until raw flavour are gone.
    vengaya sambar
  6. add 1½ cup toor dal and mix well adjusting consistency as required.
    ulli sambar
  7. further get to a boil for 2 minutes.
    ulli sambar
  8. add 3 tsp prepared sambar powder and 1 tsp jaggery.
    ulli sambar
  9. mix well and boil for a minute.
    ulli sambar
  10. prepare the tempering by heating 2 tsp oil.
    small onion sambar
  11. splutter 1 tsp mustard, ¼ tsp methi, few curry leaves, pinch hing and 2 dried red chilli.
    small onion sambar
  12. pour the tempering over sambar and add 2 tbsp coriander. mix well.
    small onion sambar
  13. finally, enjoy onion sambar with hot steamed rice.
    vengaya sambar

notes:

  • firstly, use small onions for authentic flavour.
  • also, along with onion you can also add potato to prepare onion potato sambar.
  • additionally, roasting onions initially gives good flavour.
  • finally, onion sambar recipe can also be prepared with store brought sambar powder.

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