Methi Leaves Sambhar

Methi Leaves Sambhar

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Sambhar is a dish that is synonymous with South Indian cooking. As it is, sambhar is very nutritious as it combines toovar dal with an assortment of vegetables. While vegetables like red pumpkin, drumsticks and bottle gourd all contribute to the nutrient content of this recipe, the bumper iron top-up comes from the addition of methi leaves, which also adds to the flavour and aroma of the sambhar. Serve the Methi Leaves Sambhar piping hot with idli, dosa, rice or for a change, even with rotis.

Methi Leaves Sambhar recipe - How to make Methi Leaves Sambhar

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  1. Combine the toovar dal, tomatoes, onions, pumpkin, bottle gourd, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid and keep aside.
  3. Combine the drumstick and ½ cup of water in a deep non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes. Do not drain and keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in another deep non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the curry leaves and fenugreek leaves, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the chilli powder, sambhar masala, cooked drumstick ( along with the water), cooked dal mixture, a little salt and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  8. Serve hot.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy130 cal
Protein7.2 g
Carbohydrates19.9 g
Fiber4.3 g
Fat2.3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium14.9 mg


Methi Leaves Sambhar
 on 26 Sep 20 03:22 PM

Tarla Dalal
28 Sep 20 12:16 PM
   Thanks for the feedback !!! keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
Methi Leaves Sambhar
 on 23 Sep 20 10:31 PM

Amazing! I used fava bean leaves instead of fenugreek leaves as I am in NYC and cannot always source. Turned out very nice indeed!
Tarla Dalal
24 Sep 20 08:50 AM
   Thank you for your kind words. Do keep trying more recipes and sharing your comments with us.
Methi Leaves Sambhar
 on 28 Apr 16 12:15 PM

A nice variation of Sambhar with methi leaves. It makes a good use of pumpkin, drumstick, bottle gourd, methi leaves and all these blend well. This 6 serving sambhar was eaten by 4 of us at a time.
Methi Leaves Sambhar
 on 25 Jul 14 09:46 AM

Nice way of improving iron content of the recipe by adding methi leaves to the sambhar..methi also blends well with all the masalas...loved it!
Methi Leaves Sambhar
 on 17 Dec 13 09:07 AM

It was awesome !