besan sambar

Instant besan sambar recipe, Kadalai mavu sambar, Quick tiffin sambar recipe

Instant besan sambar/ Kadalai mavu sambar (in tamil) is a quick and easy version of tiffin sambar that can be accompanied with idli, dosa, rava upma, uttapam and so on. This instant sambar requires no grinding and mainly no cooking of dal making it easy on busy days or when you really want to serve something quick, simple yet tasty. This sambar tastes little different from the regular tiffin sambar but has a little similarity to the instant sambar that I posted earlier. So if you are looking for a different or quick sambar that can be prepared in minutes this recipe should work great. So lets get to the making!
besan sambar

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  • Besan/ Kadalai maavu/ Chickpea flour – 2 tbsp
  • Water – ¾ cup (approx)
  • Onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Tamarind – small gooseberry size
  • Sambar powder – 11/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Chopped cilantro – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a spring
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp


* 1 cup = 160 ml
besan sambar

How to make Instant besan sambar with step by step images

besan sambar

  1. Soak tamarind in little water and extract the tamarind juice and keep it aside.
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  2. In a bowl add besan and water. Mix well to form a thin paste without forming any lumps.
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  3. Heat oil in a pan/ kadai add mustard seeds, after it crackles add curry leaves and chopped onion. Saute well until onions turn translucent. Now add chopped tomato, salt and sambar powder. Mix well. Allow the tomatoes to get cooked.
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  4. When the tomatoes look cooked add tamarind extract and allow it to boil well. When the raw smell of tamarind goes add the besan mixture with continuous stirring as it will form lumps. Put the flame to medium to low and allow it boil for 2 minutes till the raw flavor goes. If you feel the sambar is too thick add adequate water to bring it to regular sambar consistency.
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  5. When the desired consistency is reached garnish it with chopped cilantro and serve it idli, dosa, upma or any dish of your choice.
    besan sambar


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