Saturday, February 21, 2009

Chayote Pappu With Mom's Special Sambhar Powder

Some of my mom's sambhar dishes depends upon her spice powder she used to prepare herself at home, she used to make greengram sambhar with roasted coriander seeds, grated coconut n fenugreek seeds, while she make sambar with veggies, she used to grind few spices with grated coconut..she use to prepare loads of spice powder to make her sambhars quite differently, this sambhar powder is quite special which she used to prepare while making thick sambhars which goes awesome with hot steaming rice, pongals n idlies...this is one of the special spice powder which i learned from my mom..I thought of making sambhar with chayote sterday, finally i prepared them as thick sambhar using my mom's special sambhar powder for a twist...Chayote suits prefectly to prepare this thick sambhar as they has a mild taste, similar to a cucumber or zucchini. Being high in vitamin C, the chayote is low in calories, low in sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is a good source of fiber. The chayote is also versatile vegetable, they can be prepared as so many dishes...

Sambhar Powder:
1/4cup Coriander seeds
2tsp Fenugreek seeds
5nos Dry red chillies
1/2tsp Asafoetida powder

Dry roast the corianderseeds, fenugreek seeds n red chillies in simmer for few minutes, add the asafoetida powder before putting off the stove and give a stir..keep aside n let them cool..grind these roasted spices in a blender n conserve them in an air tightened box, they stay for a month or more than a month in fridge...

Chayote Pappu:
1/2cup Toordal (cooked)
2tsp Mom's Sambhar powder
1no Onion chopped
1no Chayote chopped
1no Tomato chopped
2nos Green chillies
3nos Curry leaves
1tsp Lemon juice
1/2tsp Mustard seeds+Urad dal
1/4tsp Cumin seeds

Heat the oil in a vessel, add the mustard seeds, urad dal n cumin seeds, let them splutters..add the chopped onion pieces, tomato pieces, slit opened green chillies n saute everything until they turns mushy, add the chopped chayote pieces, saute until they turns tender..add the cooked toor dal to the veggies with enough water n salt, bring them to add the 2tsp of the sambhar powder, cook until the veggies get well cooked, add the curry leaves, lemon juice n put off the stove..

Delicious N flavoursome Chayote Pappu!!!!

On the way to Colors Of Taste-Powders: Podi's for Rasams and Sambhars by Smithe of Kadumanga..


Asha said... Reply To This Comment

That's a wonderful sambhar pd, Priya. I have made that before too, tastes so delicious. Simple but out of this World. Enjoy! :)

Siri said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely looking sambhar Priya..:)


rekhas kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

delicious pappu priya Ican fell the sambar powder aroma mmmmmnice recipe

Madhumathi said... Reply To This Comment

The sambar is looking scrumptious,Priya

Ann said... Reply To This Comment

hmmm..thats really useful..the sambar powder..lemmesee

Cham said... Reply To This Comment

Very different sambar powder, love chayote with dhal!

mandira said... Reply To This Comment

i think sambhar pwd made at home is anyday btr than the one we get in the market...
liked ur recipe... but enlighten me a bit here..wats chayote? wat do u call it in hindi/eng?

Mahimaa's kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

kootu looks great priya.. i make it in a diff way... i use mung dal and chayote...and omit onions.. goes well with rotis.. right.

Madhu said... Reply To This Comment

Very different kind of sambar powder, ours always has some kind of dal in it.
Chayote dal looks good..

Preety said... Reply To This Comment

i love the taste of sambhar powder but i usually buy it never tried to make it at home..gr8 recipes priya..its always nice to make anything from scratch and it indeed gives very nice flavor to any dish

srikars kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

kootu looks perfect priya... my method is little diff..

Vibaas said... Reply To This Comment

that looks so yum. i've bookmarked this recipe.