Thursday, November 6, 2008

Harive soppu(Amaranth leaves) Sambar

Here comes the recipe for the simple and healthy Harive soppina sambar.
When we were kids, I remember my mom making this sambar whenever she got a chance to buy this soppu(leaves). And, I never used to like it:) I used to make up so many reasons to avoid eating it. It is so true that we never realise the importance of something until we dont get it anymore and have to crave for it!

After my wedding, I moved abroad and I started cooking on my own. And, this is when I realised how important green leafy vegetables are for our health. And now, I go looking for Harive soppu in the Indian grocery store:) And I never leave it, when I get it. Sometimes I wonder is it the same me!

I usually make sambar or palya out of these leaves. Both of us love this sambar, as it is so simple yet so tasty and healthy. I hope you too enjoy it.


for sambar:

A big bunch of Harive soppu(washed and chopped)
Tur dal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - a small ball
Sambar powder - 2 tsp(or more if you like it spicy)
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to taste

for tadka/seasoning:

Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Jeera seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 6-7 cloves
Hing/aesafoitida - a pinch
Curry leaves - 6-7 leaves


Boil the chopped greens and dal together with a pinch of turmeric powder.
To the boiled mixture, add enough water, sambar powder, jaggery, tamarind paste and salt and bring to a boil.
For seasoning, heat oil in a vessel. To this, add mustard seeds. When mustard starts to splitter, add garlic flakes, jeera and hing. Heat till garlic turns brown in color. Now add curry leaves and after a few seconds, remove from heat and add the seasoning to the sambar.

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