Friday, March 22, 2013

Amaranth Stalks & Raw Banana Sambhar

Amaranth leaves are quite often used in South Indian cuisine, when the leaves are cooked along with dals or as simply as stir fry or else as mashed curry, we wont trash out their stalks aka stems.Once we remove the leaves from the stalks or stems, immediately we will broke the stalks as small pieces and use them in making dals,gravies or else as stir fries. So obviously if you get amaranth greens, you will get use of this greens completely and you will just trash their roots in case if you buy with their roots.

Last week, i picked a super fresh amaranth green from Indian stores, back home i prepared a simple stir fry with their leaves and used their stalks for making this delicious sambhar. Since i had some raw banana aka plantain, i just included them to this aromatic sambhar. This dal goes awesome with rice,rotis and even much more prefect with South Indian breakfast foods like Idlis and dosas.Sending to my event CWS- Dals and  Healthy Diet-Go green guest hosted by Amurta.

2cups Amaranth Stalkes (cleaned and chopped as medium sized pieces)
1no Raw banana/Plantain (cubed)
1cup Cooked toordal
1no Onion (chopped)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1tsp Mustard seeds+urad dal
1tbsp Fenugreek seeds
1/4tsp Cumin seeds
2nos Dry red chillies
Few Curry leaves
1tsp Lemon juice

Roast & grind:
2tbsp Coriander seeds
1/2tsp Fenugreek seeds
3nos Dry red chillies
1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
3tbsp Dessicated coconut

Dry roast the ingredients given in the list 'Roast & grind' one by one and grind as fine powder, keep aside.

Heat enough oil in a pressure cooker, let splutters the mustard seeds, urad dal, fry the fenugreek seeds,cumin seeds and dry red chillies.

Add now the chopped onions,curry leaves,cook for few minutes until the veggies get cooked.

Now add the raw banana cubes cook for few minutes.

Add the tender amaranth stalkes with enough grounded spice powder,turmeric powder along with salt,cook everything in simmer for few minutes..

Finally add the cooked dal and enough water to the veggies, cook everything in medium flame with lid closed until the gravy gets thickens.

Add the lemon juice and put off the stove.

Serve hot with rice and papads.


  1. That looks really delicious, i have never tried sambhar with raw banana before..may be 'coz i am not a fan of bananas but DH loves them so may be will give it a try.

  2. Never come across raw banana sambar before.. Nice one..

  3. yummy recipe...tempting

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  4. Nice different combo of vegetables in sambar..

  5. Nice different combo of vegetables in sambar..

  6. Very unique sambar recipe aks :) must be so good, love your click too

  7. Very interesting combo. Sounds good.

  8. Perfect pics.Very different sambar...

  9. nice clicks dear :)unique combo..

  10. very comforting bowl of sambar!!! perfect with hot steaming rice!!
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  11. New and unique combo dear. Very nice.

  12. Sambar looks very good. Good one...

  13. Unique combo of veggies in Sambhar.. Very interesting and delicious, Akka!

  14. Looks delicious..I would enjoy this with some hot rice.

  15. very innovative sambhar variety :) will surely try this recipe once.. lovely click aks :)

  16. The sambar looks so delish Priya. I would gladly finish off a bowl :)

  17. Never tried raw banana sambar before..Its new recipe to me sis and unique...Looks delicious...

  18. கீரைத்தண்டு மட்டும் தான் சாம்பார் செய்துருக்கேன்,வாழைக்காய் சேர்த்திருப்பதும் சூப்பர்ர்!!

  19. ça a l'air délicieux bravo
    bonne soirée

  20. nice combo, sambar looks delicious.

  21. Very interesting combo! Looks gr8! I am sure it tastes good too.

  22. A wonderful recipe! That is something I have never tasted..Very tempting!

  23. sambaarrrr !!!! my favourite..what ever goes in...nice clicks as usual, Priya!

  24. i always thought that there should b all those mixed veg. to make sambar... nw ths s something new fr me

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  25. Delicios, love greens and banana combination


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