Leeks Sambar is a delicious and comforting dish made with leeks, lentils and sambar powder. It is great to serve as a side dish to any South Indian meal.
1 leek (Medium , thinly sliced)
0.5 cup Toor dal
1 tsp Turmeric
2 tbsps Coconut (Fresh , grated)
to taste Salt
2 tbsps cilantro (, finely chopped)
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Methi seeds
0.25 tsp Asafoetida (/ hing)
6 ~ 8 Curry leaves
1 tbsp tamarind (paste)
1 ~ 2 tsps Jaggery (, grated (optional))
Cook toor dal until completely tender and mushy.
In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat oil; add the mustard seeds, methi seeds and hing. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the curry leaves and chopped leeks. Cook for about 3~4 minutes.
Add the grated coconut, mix well and cook for a minute.
Now add the tamarind paste, salt and let it simmer for about 3~4 minutes.
In the mean time, whisk sambar powder in ½cup water and add to the pan. Simmer for 2~3 minutes.
Stir in the cooked toor dal along with 1~2 cups of water depending on the desired consistency. Bring to a boil and adjust the seasoning. Add a tiny bit of jaggery if desired. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with steamed rice.