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Microwave Sambar

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Microwave Sambar
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  • A quintessential south Indian recipe made at home in a microwave.


  • 1 cup arhar dal-picked and washed well
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp sambar masala
  •  6-8 small whole onions-peeled
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 10-15 curry leaves
  •  2-3 whole red chillies
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp tamarind pulp coriander for garnish


  1. Soak the arhar ki dal in 2 cups of boiling water for 1/2 an hour.
  2. Add salt and onions and cook covered at HI for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir and cook again at 70% for 10 minutes. Mash the dal to a pulp or blend in a blender. Mix in the sugar and the sambhar masala.
  4. In another dish, mix together the mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and the oil. Cook covered at HI for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the dal mixture to this along with 2 cups of boiling water and cook covered at 70% stirring once.
  6. Mix in the tamarind and cook covered at 30% for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with coriander leaves, accompanied with idlis or plain boiled rice.