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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 91.4
  • Total Fat: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 1,177.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.0 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g

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south indian lentil 'soup' south indian lentil 'soup'
Number of Servings: 4


    1 cup of yellow lentils
    1/4 cup of tamarind pulp
    1 tomato chopped
    1.5 tsp sambhar powder
    1 pinch asafotedia
    2 tsp salt (or to taste)
    1/2 tsp oil
    1/2 tsp mustard seeds (black)


1) Pressure cook the lentils - make sure that they are well done & mash them.
2) Boil the tamarind pulp in 2 cups of water.
3) Add the chopped tomatoes (and any other vegetable that you like, such as potatoes, onions, okra, yellow pumpkin, white pumpkin etc - though no more than 3 vegetables total), the sambhar powder & salt
4) Let it boil for a bit releasing the aroma of the sambhar powder. If you have added other vegetables, cook till done.
5) Add the mashed lentils & the asfotedia to the sambhar and mix well & let it boil for 3-5 mins
6) Take off the heat and in a small cup/spoon add the oil and place on the heat.
7) Once the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and take off as soon as they begin to crackle/burst. Add to sambhar.
8) In south India, sambhar is traditionally eaten with rice (i.e. by mixing it with rice) or as an accompaniment to dosas, idlis etc.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user URMILAP.

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